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DA: Shooter justified in killing of 2 'gun-toting robbers'

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 05 2013 04:34:57 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 05 2013 06:05:54 PM CST

While family members are demanding justice, police said a man who shot and killed two robbery suspects acted within the law.

While family members are demanding justice, police and prosecutors said a man who shot and killed two robbery suspects in Reading acted within the law.

City police had a lot of investigating to do once they arrived on the scene of the deadly shooting at Krick's Korner, 1671 N. 9th St., Monday afternoon. They found two men lying dead in the street and a private citizen admitting to pulling the trigger.

"The majority of this whole incident was captured on video footage. We were able to review that video footage, and we also benefited from the fact that there were a number of witnesses," said Berks County District Attorney John Adams.

After extensively investigating the incident, police determined the private citizen, whose name has not been released, acted within the law when he tried to stop the two suspects from fleeing the convenience store.

Adams said the private citizen demanded that they stop and wait for police. He said when the robbers refused and pulled out their guns, the citizen shot them in self-defense.

"He needed to defend himself because if he would not have used force, he himself may have suffered the wrath of those two gun-toting robbers," said Adams.

Adams said he does not condone violence on the streets of Reading, but the man did what he had to do to protect himself. He also has some advice for those ever in a similar situation.

"For the average citizen, if they did not possess a gun, making observations would be helpful, but be careful when confronting someone who has a gun. You have to be careful in these situations because no one wants to see anyone else get hurt," said Adams.

In addition to being exempt from criminal charges, Adams said because of the Castle Doctrine, the shooter now has civil protection from being sued by the families.