Indianapolis police told local media that a clerk at a gas station in Indiana chased a shoplifter into a parking lot and shot him in the face.
Vincent Bibbs, a 49-year-old Speedway convenience store clerk, Indicted for murder, WISH reported.
By midnight on June 29, Bibs confronted 49-year-old Damon McLean after finding four packs of Red Bull in a trash bag and exiting the door without paying, according to television stations.
Instead of letting McLean leave with an energy drink Bibs follow him, The Indianapolis Star reported. One witness told police that he had heard Bibs talking to McLean.
Witnesses tried to drive McLean into the car, but Bibs pulled out a 9mm pistol, rushed to the driver’s window and fired, Star reported.
The bullet hit McLean’s head.
Bibs returned to the store, helped two customers and called the police, WISH reported.
According to the Indianapolis Star, when police arrived at the gas station, they found McLean dead in the car. At the scene, police also found a 4-pack of Red Bull, a 9 mm pistol, and several used bullet casings of the same caliber.
“We value life more than property. Yes, Nobody’s life is worth the four Red BullAn unrelated lawyer told WXIN to explain Bibs’ legal situation.
“In Indiana, you can’t use deadly forces to prevent someone from stealing your property,” the lawyer said, adding that deadly forces apply only in very limited circumstances. It was.
“The law is pretty clear, but you have to look through the clerk’s eyes. What was he thinking when confronting the shoplifter,” they told WXIN. “Is he trying to stop shoplifters just because he was stealing Red Bull, or was he afraid of his life?”
According to Star, Bibs initially denied being involved in the shooting, but later admitted to police that he had pointed the gun at McLean, and the gun only “disappeared.”
Bibs was also charged with carrying a pistol without a license, Wish reported.