On November 18, a customer in an Indianapolis pawn shop foiled an attempted daytime armed robbery by shooting and killing the suspect.
The pawn shop was Cash America, 2428 E. 38th Street.
According to The Indianapolis Star, the robbery was attempted about 2:18 p.m. and when Indianapolis Metropolitan Police (MPD) arrived on scene they initially thought the store owner had shot the suspect. But they learned that “a customer at the shop shot [25-year-old] Tyerre Allen… multiple times after Allen brandished a weapon as he entered.”
Witnesses say the unidentified customer “engaged the suspect to try to thwart the robbery” and gunfire was exchanged. Allen was struck more than once, but the customer was not harmed.
Emergency medical personnel arrived shortly after the incident and pronounced Allen dead at the scene.
Police believe Allen may have been involved “in other robberies in the metro area.” He had recently been “released by the Indiana Department of Corrections for a robbery [that took place] several years ago.”
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