An armed robbery was reportedly foiled Saturday night at a Phoenix gas station by a man keen to fill his tank, not empty his wallet.
The head clerk of the Sinclair gas station at 12th Street and Highland Avenue told KTVK that the man targeted in the foiled robbery is a regular customer, known to be polite and kind: “He don’t bother nobody. He come to the pump, fills gas, drives off. That’s it.”
This regular customer, who has not been named, was allegedly confronted at the pump around 6:30 p.m. by 24-year-old Aaron Duwan Frazier Jr., reported CBS 5.
According to police, Frazier attempted to rob the man at gunpoint. The gas was unleaded, but the customer’s response to the criminal threat was not. The would-be victim reportedly went to the back of his vehicle, armed himself, then fired several shots, striking Frazier.
“I heard three gunshots and then … he went on the floor,” said the head clerk. “I went to the door and saw that happening and I called 911.”
Police arrived to find Frazier mortally wounded. The suspect was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
The clerk noted that had things gone another way, it could have been “really bad and ugly.”
While the armed customer was detained at the scene, CBS 5 indicated that he has not been arrested. However, the case is under investigation, and there may be charges pending further review.
The Fraternal Order of Police Glendale Lodge #12 tweeted in response to news of this shooting, “Robbery is not a sustainable way to earn a living.”
Ninety minutes after order was restored at the Sinclair gas station Saturday night, officers responded to another apparent self-defense shooting on the other side of the city.
According to Arizona Republic, a man attempted to enter a home near 44th and Whitton Avenues just after 8 p.m. with a lone woman inside. The woman wasn’t alone for long, having called upon family for backup.
One family member reportedly arrived and confronted the suspect. Responding to alleged threats on his life, he shot the suspect in self-defense. The shooter has not been taken into custody.
Phoenix, run by Democrat Mayor Kate Gallego, ranks 4 (with 100 being safest) on Neighborhood Scout’s crime index. The chances of becoming a victim of a property crime in the city are reportedly 1 in 29 and the likelihood of falling victim to a violent crime is 1 in 118.
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