Clerk at Indianapolis 21st Amendment Liquor Store shoots, kills suspected robber
No arrests made
Last Updated: 234 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - The Marion County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing the case of a would-be robber who was shot and killed by a liquor store clerk over the weekend.
Officers were called to the 21st Amendment Liquor Store at 3939 S. Keystone Ave. just before 1 a.m. Sunday on a report of an attempted robbery.
Employees told police that a man came into the store with a gun and demanded money.
That's when employee Zachary Rogers, who was armed with a handgun, shot and killed the suspected robber, police said.
Police later identified the man as Donald Crenshaw, 47.
"He (Crenshaw) wasn't pointing it (the gun) at anyone but he wasn't not pointing it at anyone either. He was just kind of just waving it around," Rogers told RTV6. "I put my hands up. I was following everything he wanted me to do. He took his eyes off me, and that was a bad decision for him."
Crenshaw was pronounced dead at the scene.
It's the second time in less than a month that an Indianapolis store employee used deadly force. At Don's Guns, a man who rented a pistol and opened fire on a store clerk was shot and killed when the clerk returned fire, police said.
"It doesn't matter if its a toy gun, or a BB gun or a real gun, if there's a reasonable belief on the clerk's part if that gun is real, then the clerk or anyone in the store is justified in using deadly force," said Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson.
Rogers, who has worked at the liquor store for three days, said it was first job he was able to land since coming home from serving in Iraq.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call homicide detectives at 317-327-3475.
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