Robber makes getaway after Summertown shootout - WSMV Channel 4

Robber makes getaway after Summertown shootout

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SUMMERTOWN, TN (WSMV) -

A Lewis County gas station clerk didn't hesitate to fight back when an armed robber hit his store, but police say both men are lucky to be alive after what happened next.

Bullet holes, broken glass and a box full of discarded crime scene tape are all evidence of what happened at the J & C Market in Summertown.

Investigators say a man walked in about 3:20 p.m. Thursday, pulled a gun and demanded every dollar in the register.

"Told them to go stand in the corner away from the door on the opposite side of the building. When he exited the store, the owner exited the store," said Lewis County Sheriff's Lt. Tommy Fransen.

And that's when the gunfight began. Deputies say the thief fired at least five shots, and the owner shot back three times with nothing protecting him but an outdoor ice chest.

"Very lucky to be alive," Fransen said.

Fransen said the thief then took off toward Howenwald.

As of right now, the thief is still on the run, considered armed and very dangerous.

"He's lucky to be alive, too, and if he continues down this road, he's either going to be dead, or we're going to have a victim dead or both," Fransen said.

"I'm concerned. When it gets close to home, you get more concerned," said neighbor Bud Runions.

Investigators say the suspect is described as a white man in the 40s between 5'8" and 5'11" with a thin build, short brown hair and a clean-shaven face. He was last seen driving a small tan truck with a white or silver camper shell over the bed.

Deputies are working to complete a composite sketch, but in the meantime they sure are looking for leads. If you have any information on the case, call the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

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