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    Robbery suspect shot, killed by customer at Waffle House

    12:43 PM, Jan 23, 2012   |    comments
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    SPARTANBURG, SC (CNN) -- A customer at a South Carolina restaurant took matters into his own hands when two men tried to rob the place.

    It happened early Saturday morning at a Waffle House in Spartanburg. Authorities say two masked men came in and ordered the customers to the floor and the employees to a back room.

    One of the customers had a concealed weapon. He reportedly pulled out his gun and told the two men to wait for cops to show up.

    Sheriff's say the suspected robber, a 19-year-old, then turned his gun toward the diner. That's when the customer shot and killed him. Sheriff Chuck Wright with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office says, "From all the witnesses...that wasn't his first reaction was to grab the gun and start shooting. He absolutely tried to make them stop and he would have been just fine waiting for us to get there and arrest these two guys."

    The second suspected robber got away, but was caught by authorities later that night. Sheriff's say the customer who fired the shot will not face any charges because he was acting in self defense.

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