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Jon Alexander, Missouri Liquor Store Clerk, Veteran, Pulls Gun on Armed Robber (VIDEO)

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An armed man attempting to rob a Missouri liquor store had no idea what he was up against.

Caught on surveillance footage making the rounds this week, a Marionville store clerk named Jon Lewis Alexander successfully stopped a would-be thief by calmly pulling out his own gun and scaring away the suspect.

Alexander is not your average store clerk: He is apparently a four-tour Iraq War veteran who also worked as a prison guard and once helped extradite federal prisoners.

See also: Concealed-Carry Permit Holder Fires Shots at Five Men Trying to Rob Him

As is pretty clear in the video, Alexander, 54, was unfazed by this attempted robbery.

See for yourself, via the Associated Press' raw footage:

The incident happened at a Beer 30 store in southwest Missouri.

Alexander reportedly used a Walther PPX 9 mm handgun, which he clearly pointed straight at the mouth of the suspect, who shortly thereafter fled.

Garry Earnest, deputy chief with the Aurora Marionville Police Department, tells Daily RFT this morning that police believe they know the identity of the suspect, but have not yet issued charges or taken the man into custody.

He says that it can be dangerous not to comply with armed robbers looking for cash, but adds, "Since the person pointed a weapon at him, he had a right to defend himself."

Here's the News-Leader's account of the incident from an interview with Alexander:

The man came in the store smoking a cigarette, and Alexander said he quickly explained that was against the rules. Within seconds, the man in a gray T-shirt was at the counter, demanding "all the (expletive deleted) money."

In less than three seconds, as Alexander threw out a couple of expletives of his own and threatened to "blow his (expletive deleted) head off," the man is seen in the video backing away, his own firearm still at his side.

"He didn't even bother holstering his weapon" as he quickly left the store, Alexander said.

The store owners generally don't allow employees to be armed, according to the AP, but
Jeannine Dawson, who runs the business with her husband, apparently made an exception for Alexander.

She said, "From what I have known of Jon, that handgun is kind of a part of him, like my handbag is to me."

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Kristin Scudder
Kristin Scudder

Rut roh Shaggy, I sees a white kid in the line up! But yes, the racist "news" sources that the teatards were shown only depicted the two black kids so dipshits like Stevie could use their racist rants.

Kristin Scudder
Kristin Scudder

Oh, I'm sure he did. He don't like them kinds here in Murica!

Marshall Patrick
Marshall Patrick

bout time the good guy wins............I feel it should be a LAW all small stores should be made to install bullet proof glass surrounds for employees. GET IT DONE !

Buzzez Ten
Buzzez Ten

I'm waiting for this to be exposed as a staged incident.

Buzzez Ten
Buzzez Ten

I'm sure you didn't intentionally leave out the white kid that was involved.

Savage Sun
Savage Sun

if you take gun rights away from citizens, the only thing that changes in the scenario in the video is the guy behind the counter can't defend himself & might be dead right now.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

like when the black kids shot that baseball player?

Kristin Scudder
Kristin Scudder

No. It does not change my opinion at all, for every one good story there are 100 bad.

Rudy Jaboor
Rudy Jaboor

The veteran was not that well trained. If he was a well trained veteran he would have shot the would-be robber as soon as he drew his weapon.

Melvin Mohn
Melvin Mohn

There is a severe degradation in our society. There are many people or there that would have just shot the man to avoid any witnesses. He did the right thing. I have my ccw and exercise my right to carry. He probably saved his own life by pulling a gun on that man.

Responsibly Armed
Responsibly Armed

And you can guarantee the $41 in the register would be sufficient enough to keep the man from shooting the clerk? Disclosure: i do not know how much cash was in the register, but in STL, several people have been robed, given the guy everything they wanted without resisting, and still been shot. Sure, he took a chance, and that chance probably saved his life. Kudos to him for not firing.

Dennis Fleming
Dennis Fleming

The clerk unnecessarily risked his life. He should have given the guy the money and called the police.

Alma Gayle
Alma Gayle

From the article...." He is apparently a four-tour Iraq War veteran who also worked as a prison guard and once helped extradite federal prisoners."

Alma Gayle
Alma Gayle

I didn't say he didn't, but he is also ex military and has had military training with a weapon. Something the average Joe doesn't. Huge difference.

Responsibly Armed
Responsibly Armed

First off, this man holds a CCW, and he did in fact act in the way he did. Watch the video. Secondly, MINDSET. It is what separates responsible armed citizens from liabilities. Also, for the record, I am not an NRA member, and they don't necessarily represent my POV. Have a great evening.

Alma Gayle
Alma Gayle

I'm not anti gun. I grew up with guns. I just don't buy into the lies the NRA spews. If you think anyone that has a CCW would react like he did you are delusional. :)

Toby Latham
Toby Latham

Just never let facts get in the way.

Toby Latham
Toby Latham

'Spew your garbage' already shows you are opinioned against. I believe you can take a long walk off a short pier with your garbage.

Responsibly Armed
Responsibly Armed

Im going to politely walk away stating that we will agree to disagree. There is such a hard line driven between the pro-gun and anti-gun crowd. Have a great evening.

Toby Latham
Toby Latham

'Probably' is a great word, although rarely accurate.

Alma Gayle
Alma Gayle

Watch the video. Most people would not have the presence of mind to act like he did. You can spew your garbage till the cows come home but it won't make it true. :)

Responsibly Armed
Responsibly Armed

and you, unarmed, would be forced into the back office and executed while praying that someone with a firearm would've been there to save you from a punk with no respect for life.

Alma Gayle
Alma Gayle

And the 'vast majority' don't do it. That's BS. And the 'vast majority' would have probably shot themselves or gotten shot in that situation. Dream world.

Responsibly Armed
Responsibly Armed

Thats why the vast majority of CCW holders do in fact conduct follow on training. And trust me, as a veteran, I received much better private instruction than most military and police would ever be a part of. The training is available, it only costs time and money.

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

If the robber was too drunk or drugged to see the clerk was armed he was also easy to scare. The clerk was a trained veteran, how many other people have the qualifications he does?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

anti-gun people will wonder what greedy corporation forced that poor guy into having to rob liquor stores.

Responsibly Armed
Responsibly Armed

No, this only proves my stance on private citizens carrying firearms. We aren't looking for trouble, but were glad to have a means to resist if a situation goes south. This story is especially good, since no shots were fired.

Emily Miller
Emily Miller

this is happening more and more.. way to arms yourselves! kuddos!

Jesse Irwin
Jesse Irwin

Normally the RFT mocks anyone who promotes the use of guns and any legislation aimed at making them more available. Thank you for this positive story that demonstrates the skill and restraint average citizens display every day with their legally-owned firearms.

Katie Markert
Katie Markert

THIS is why we have the 2nd amendment people.....to deal with lowlife THUGS like this pos dude right here.

Nathan Berkley
Nathan Berkley

I heard the robber grabbed a roll of toilet paper on his way out.

Shar
Shar

If criminals knew they could face this - we'd have less crime.  I guess those against responsible gun ownership would rather the burglar shot the clerk and robbed the store.

Kenneth Lee M
Kenneth Lee M

Now I am curious ... how is this ccw related. You can tell the would be robber was packing and this likely why the clerk was effective at disruption his draw. The clerk was open carrying. Mind you I think his draw was clearly slower than his defense maneuvering ... i'm happy he was not shot

Bryan Jones
Bryan Jones

Great stuff indeed. This is what happens to criminals when responsible gun owners retain the right to carry and protect themselves. Glad he's a good guy and gave the idiot a second chance at life

Philip Nations
Philip Nations

Notice how he didn't feel the need to shoot him? This man should be commended. Too bad there aren't more stories like this one, because they mostly end up like the bumpkin who killed the man on some float trip after urinating on his "property"... or Tayvon Martin

Sarah G Mitchell
Sarah G Mitchell

The clerk is one big bad boy, and not someone to mess with, he was packing a big some serious heat, and the old boy at the end of that barrell is lucky to be a live.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Wow, lucky for robber the clerk didn't pull the trigger

monmar
monmar

@Dennis Fleming Based on what I saw int the video it looks like the clerk has the situation well under control. The clerk is an grown adult. He is and should be free to determine how much risk he wants to take with his own life.

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