The owner of a gun shop in Mableton, Georgia, shot to death one of two armed suspects who he said had threatened his life. Jimmy Groover, the 64-year-old owner of the store, said he had no choice but to shoot in order to save his life. 
 
Bullet holes are visible on the glass on the front of the Dixie Gun and Pawn Shop in the small Southern town in Cobb County that was marred by gunplay on December 26. Detectives described the affair as a gun battle. 
 
Groover said that two armed men, wearing ski masks, entered his store at approximately 10:45 a.m. and held him up at gunpoint. An employee and two customers were also in the store at the time. He told a local news station that one shouted, “Get down on the floor, get down on the floor or I’ll kill you.” He added, “Then they shot at me.”
 
Seeing that that the men were serious, Groover pulled out his pistol and fired. He shot and killed one suspect who died at the scene. The other managed to escape and is still at large.
 
Speaking to 11Alive television news, Groover said, “I had no other choice. I had no other choice. I hate that it happened.” He added, “I've been doing this 30 years. Nothing like this has ever happened. I never wanted this to happen but I want to go home at night, too.”
 
Groover’s business has sustained at least 20 burglaries. He has security cameras and barred windows at the store. The guns at the business are kept in safes at night. 
 
Police are saying that the shooting was clearly in self-defense. Still, Groover was pensive about the incident. He said, “I hate it. I hate it bad.”
 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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