An armed robber was shot by an Oklahoma City dispensary owner after breaking display cases and making demands with two knives.
The suspect was hospitalized in critical condition and the owner shot him out of self-defense, according to police.
“They’re a cash-only business and they have a few things that criminals want. Something that’s untraceable like marijuana and then cash,” said Oklahoma City Police Lieutenant Isaac Goodman.
A nearby dispensary owner also spoke of the concerns these days of working in a dispensary, saying it makes you think whether or not it is something you should do.
“They have a product that a lot of people want,” said Al Jenkins who lives near the dispensary. “I just couldn’t understand why an alarm on the building would go on in the day.”
Police reiterated the business owner took action when the suspect refused to leave. “The owner pulled a handgun and shot the suspect in defense of himself,” said Goodman. Police also warned criminals of attempting to rob a dispensary.
“The majority of dispensaries in our city limits are staffed by folks that are armed because they know it’s a risky business and they also have very elaborate security