80 Year Old Store Owner Who Defended Himself Against Armed Robbers Speaks Out

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by Joshua Ford | 24News

Stunning video footage caught the moment an 80-year-old store owner in California stopped an armed robbery.

Convenience store owner Craig Cope saw that armed men were going to enter his store by viewing his surveillance cameras.

Acting quickly, Cope moved around the counter and grabbed his shotgun.

During an appearance on Fox News, Cope opened up about his experience.


After firing at the first armed suspect, the armed robber yells, “He shot my arm off!” The video shows at least three suspects in a black BMW, which was reportedly stolen.

All four suspects showed up at a local hospital. Three suspects have been arrested while another is still undergoing treatment.

More from FoxNews:

The 80-year-old California liquor store owner caught on video opening fire at a would-be robber with a shotgun is now speaking out, saying “I did a lot of hunting when I was a little kid.” 

The incident early Sunday at Norco Market & Liquor in Norco, just east of Los Angeles, prompted the armed suspect to run out of his business screaming “he shot my arm off!” 

“I would always protect my employees, my customers, myself. This instance, fortunately, I was here by myself, so I only had to worry about that. I took care of it and that was that,”

the store’s owner, identified by CBS LA as Craig Cope, told the station. 

“I did a lot of hunting when I was a little kid,” he added. “I’d put food on the table. So, I still remember things from a long time ago.” 

“Everybody works hard. They got bills to pay. These guys are going to come in and take it away from you. Not here.” Cope told Fox11 LA that “there wasn’t much time to think about” the incident as it unfolded. 

“When you point a gun directly at me and you are that close to me and I see what you are carrying I’m not waiting,” he said. 

The store owner also said the first indication he received that something was about to happen was when he saw the suspects “through the front door drive into this parking lot, but they didn’t park where a normal person would park, so that was a red flag.” 

“When I looked and saw them getting out of the vehicle, they got gloves, masks, a weapon, that just solidified the deal for me, I knew what was coming,” he added.

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