The thief didn’t see this coming.
An Indianapolis furniture store owner turned the tables on a man trying to rob his establishment when he grabbed his own gun and sent the man running for his life.
Held at gunpoint, Decor Furniture owner Doyle Stinson was led to the back room of his store. Little did his assailant know, Stinson had a silent emergency button in the back room as well as his .40 caliber gun.
“Once he gets me back to the back room that was a mistake,” said Stinson. “I go back here, I hit my silent alarm emergency button.”
He told local station FOX59 that he knew that the weapon the man was holding him at gunpoint with was unloaded so he wasn’t afraid to reach for his own.
“I knew when he pulled the hammer back on the automatic weapon there wasn’t a bullet in the chamber," Stinson said. "I know the sound.”
Soon as Stinson grabbed his gun, the suspect fled. Video shows him sprinting through the store toward the front door.
Stinson took aim at the man but, as a responsible gun owner would, took a look at the surroundings of his target and noticed a little boy was standing in front of the store. He held his fire.
“If you’re shooting a .40 caliber, it’s going to go through him, through this merchandise, through that window, and what's beyond that window,” Stinson said. “He’s got a lot more to live than me. That’s true, that’s a little boy there.”
He and a fellow store owner jumped into a car and proceeded to chase the suspect “until it became too dangerous,” FOX59 reports.
The suspect only made off with $10.
“I could have killed him for $10,” said Stinson.
The suspect is still at large and is believed to be driving a dark blue Chevy Trailblazer with an Indiana “In God We Trust” license plate. Local police are asking that anyone with information contact them immediately.
For more, check out the FOX59 report below.