DA: Store owner justified in shooting robbers - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

DA: Store owner justified in shooting robbers

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:54:21 GMT
    Information from The Georgia Department of Labor- The Georgia Department of Labor says Metro Albany's unemployment rate increased to 8.7 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4More >>
    The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing. There were 60,500 jobs in Albany in June, down by 300, or 0.5 percent, from 60,800 in May. Most of the loss came in state government and the service-related industries.More >>
  • Air Algerie flight vanishes from radar

    Air Algerie flight vanishes from radar

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:21:02 GMT
    ALGIERS, Algeria (WALB) - An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers and 6 crew member has vanished from radar.The flight, which was headed to Algiers from Burkina Faso, disappeared about 50 minutes after takeoff.The plane's flight path passes over Mali where military unrest continues in country's north. The U.S. recently banned flights into and over African conflict zones, including Mali.This comes just days after a Malaysian Airliner was shot down over Ukraine killing everyone on boardCopyri...More >>
    ALGIERS, Algeria (WALB) - An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers and 6 crew member has vanished from radar.The flight, which was headed to Algiers from Burkina Faso, disappeared about 50 minutes after takeoff.The plane's flight path passes over Mali where military unrest continues in country's north. The U.S. recently banned flights into and over African conflict zones, including Mali.This comes just days after a Malaysian Airliner was shot down over Ukraine killing everyone on boardCopyri...More >>
  • Two in custody following drug bust

    Two in custody following drug bust

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:13:15 GMT
    Two people believed to be involved in selling cocaine in a car wash behind a gas station on North Slappey are in custody tonight.More >>
    Two people believed to be involved in selling cocaine in a car wash behind a gas station on North Slappey are in custody tonight. More >>

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

BAINBRIDGE,  GA (WALB) – The District Attorney says a Bainbridge store owner who shot at a couple of robbers as they ran out of his store, was justified.

We showed you the dramatic surveillance video yesterday. Since then the Sheriff's office has gotten a few tips and a reward created to catch the robbers is growing. But the big question raised from the video is when is it OK to shoot someone?

So far this year, 330 people have obtained gun permits in Decatur County. That's almost twice as many as normal. With more business owners packing heat and robberies on a startling rise, many people are wondering when they can legally use those guns to protect themselves.

After two men held a gun to Thomas Knight's head, pointed the barrel at his daughter, then stole his money he fought back with gunfire.

"My daughter is what was on my mind. I didn't want anything to happen in the store so I got them outside so I could take care of business out there," said Knight, owner of Port One Liquors.

And that's what he did.

"I waited until I silhouetted them against that transformer over there. The 2nd shot he fell down."

That's where the robber dropped his gun but it's unclear as to whether Wright actually hit him.

"That night we checked all the area hospitals and are continuing to check and we haven't had any reports," said Sheriff Wiley Griffin.

But the fact that Wright shot at all when the robbers were already out of his store and running away, raises the question, was he in within his rights?

"It appears by all means that the clerk was justified by the use of deadly force," said Mulholland.

In the video we hear the robbers threaten him verbally and physically threaten him and his daughter with a weapon. District Attorney Joe Mulholland believes he did what a reasonable person would do.

"We're going to air on the side of the victims of the robbery. Title 16 of the Georgia code makes it clear that you have a right to protect your property, your person, and a third person," said Mulholland.

And it didn't take long to find someone else who defends Knight's actions too.

"Yes ma'am, I just wish he'd had more bullets," said The Junior Mall owner Don Griffin.

A bold statement, but proof that business owners in this town aren't willing to stand by and let crime take over.

Yesterday we told you about the Decatur County Citizens Against Crime, a group collecting reward money to try to end this dangerous string of robberies. That reward fund continues to grow. It's up to nearly $7,000 and they believe they'll easily reach $10,000. People are just eager to see an end to all of this.

If you have any information on the rash of robberies or want to contribute to the Reward fund call the Sheriff's Office at 229-248-3044.

Mail Reward Contributions to:

P.O. Box 877,  Bainbridge, GA

Unsolved Armed Robberies:

7-9-09 Quick Buys 97S

9-7-09 Climax Quick Buys #116

9-12-09 Junior Mall

10-3-09 Kangaroo

10-8-09 Winery

11-3-09 Family Dollar

11-5-09 Quick Buys - Whigham Dairy Rd

11-9-09 Zip Trip

11-21-09 Hardee's

12-5-09 Los Lomas

12-10-09 Port One Liquors

©2009 WALB News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.  Feedback