Veteran 'did what he had to do,' shooting armed robber

Published: Jul. 17, 2015 at 8:46 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2015 at 8:59 PM EDT
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Hardeep Benipal, standing, said that Rogers, seated, saved his life.
Hardeep Benipal, standing, said that Rogers, seated, saved his life.

SYCAMORE, GA (WALB) - An Army veteran speaks, out after firing three shots at an armed robber in Sycamore. The store clerk says Don Rogers may have saved his life.

Investigators left the gas station Friday afternoon, with glass was shattered earlier from  Rogers' shots. It's damage the clerk would take any day if it means his life was saved.

Today has not been the day Don Rogers was expecting. "I wish the day could've went by without this happening," said Rogers. "I just did what I had to do"  

This Vietnam veteran was in this Sycamore gas station getting change for a 20 when his day took a bizarre turn. "I heard somebody say "put the money in the bag". So I looked up and I seen this gentleman holding a pistol on the clerk," said Rogers.

Fear quickly came over Rogers, but he knew what he had to do. The gun-carrying veteran pulled his weapon on the robber. "And when I did, he looked over at me and turned my way and I fired a shot. And he grabbed his side and then I fired two more shots before he got out the door," said Rogers.

Two of the shots hit 18-year old Devin Burton. Burton got into a car driven by, 17-year old Marleigh Agner, and the couple took off down Denham Road, but Burton's condition worsened so they stopped to call 911.

Assisting residents had no idea what happened just three miles away. "Then I saw them take the driver of the car in handcuffs to the police car and they took the passenger who had been shot, placed him in an ambulance and left," said Leon Pirkle.

Rogers and the clerk also called 911 and responding deputies quickly pieced together the crime and the call from Denham Road.

The clerk and customer are both thankful to be alive and uninjured. "Well, I was hoping nothing like this would ever happen, but I was glad I had my weapon with me," Rogers said.

A weapon Rogers says every legal gun owner should have on them, as well.

"People are just sick of people running them up," said Turner Co. Sheriff Andy Hester. "And robbing, and stealing, and pillaging, and people are tired of it. These people that'll go out and do this kind of stuff need to realize- it ain't always gonna fare to their favor, just because they're a predator."

Marleigh Agner is in jail charged with party to a crime of armed robbery. At last check, Burton is in critical condition in a Macon hospital.

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