When two men attempted to rob an Alcoa, Tenn. jewelry store Wednesday afternoon, they were met with surprise when the wheelchair-bound store owner defended himself with a pistol, a local ABC affiliate reported.
It was about 4:30 in the afternoon when the two men, identified as 21-year-old Steven Grant Cash and 24-year-old Jordan Michael Echols, entered the jewelry store. According to the police, Cash went to the restroom while Echols pretended to browse the merchandise.
Minutes later, Cash emerged from the restroom wearing a hoodie and a mask and went into the back office where he filled a bag with money.
However, as Cash attempted to run out of the store, the owner, Danny Malone told him to stop. Cash didn’t stop, so Malone shot him in the stomach then turned the gun on Echols and instructed him to stay put. Echols quickly complied.
According to Malone’s daughter, Meagan, “He [Malone] was like ‘Sit down, sit down,’ and the guy [Cash] kept saying ‘I need an ambulance.’ He said ‘I already called and the ambulance is on the way.”
Det. Kris Sanders with the Alcoa Police Department said that Malone acted appropriately.
“On a daily basis from the minute they open their doors to the minute they close their doors this possibility exists that someone could come in and do this,” he said.
“Everybody has a gun permit nowadays,” Sanders added. “So, I don’t think it’s safe to assume you’re going to go into a business where there’s not a weapon.”
Meagan also stated, “My dad is like the nicest man. He wouldn’t hurt a fly and to know he actually knew he was in a situation where he had to, he’s in a wheelchair. That scares me.”
Malone was not injured during the incident.
Cash was taken to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition. Echols is spending his time in the Blount County Jail, where he’s being held without bond.
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