A robbery suspect was killed and at two others jailed during a botched jewelry store armed heist in Las Vegas, according to media reports. The employee who fired the shot will not be charged. However, the two suspects will be charged with the murder as well as other offenses.
Police said several persons entered Gold Doctor jewelry store Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. armed with a with a handgun and a pellet gun in attempt to rob the store east of downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
A fight broke out between a store employee and the would-be robbers, according to the newspaper’s account of the police report. Another employee jumped on the back of the suspect.
Another suspect then grabbed a third employee, put a gun to her head, and told her to stay in a bathroom, the report states.
The fight between the two employees and the suspects spilled outside, where the one employee managed to wrest a gun away from the suspect, who was on the ground, and warned him to stay down, the police report notes. The employee shot the suspect after the suspect approached him and tried to grab the gun, according to the newspaper account of the report.
The suspect, identified as Gregory Ford, 23, was shot in the abdomen, the newspaper reports. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
No customers were inside the store at the time of the robbery attempt, the newspaper reports.
Police arrived and arrested Thurman Hall, 24, and Miya Mason, 19. Hall and Mason will be charged with Ford’s murder, the newspaper reports. They were booked into the county jail Tuesday on numerous charges including robbery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, and murder with a deadly weapon.
Under Nevada law, a person who commits a dangerous felony—such as kidnapping someone at gunpoint—can be charged with murder if a death occurs during the commission of the felony, the newspaper reports.
They are due to appear Friday in Las Vegas Justice Court, The Associated Press reports.
The store employee who killed the robber will not face charges, the newspaper reports. Under Nevada law, a person can kill in self-defense or in defense of others. They can also kill someone “in defense of habitation” if the suspect enters a home to hurt another, according to the law.