Armed Vet Saves Clerk, Sheriff Says Being a ‘Predator’ Doesn’t Always Pay


On July 17, armed Vietnam veteran Don Rogers intervened by opening fire after seeing an alleged robber holding a clerk at gunpoint.

The incident occurred in Sycamore, Georgia, and the alleged robber is in critical condition.

According to WALB 10, Rogers was in a gas station to “get change for a twenty” when he heard someone say, “Put the money in the bag.” He looked up to see 18-year-old Devin Burton allegedly holding a gun on the clerk, waiting for the money.

Rogers responded by pulling his own gun. When he did, Burton allegedly turned toward him and Rogers opened fire, hitting the suspect twice. Burton then reportedly ran outside and jumped into a waiting getaway car and took off, “But Burton’s condition worsened so [he and the driver] stopped to call 911.”

Residents witnessed police arrive to handcuff the driver and put Burton in an ambulance.

Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester said: “People are just sick of people running them up. And robbing, and stealing, and pillaging, and people are tired of it. These people that’ll go out and do this kind of stuff need to realize- it ain’t always gonna fare to their favor, just because they’re a predator.”

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