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Suspect shoots and kills himself after failed jewelry story robbery attempt

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The owner of Johnson Jewelers says it was just about a half hour after he opened for the day when a suspicious man walked through the front door. They’ve been robbed before, but never like this.

“I thought for sure he was going to take my life at that point,” said owner Steven Johnson. “The gentleman walked in, didn’t have a gun at that point, but I was sitting at the front register. He displayed his weapon at the same time a police officer was driving past the road in the parking lot.”

As the suspect scooped jewelry into a bag, Johnson’s co-worker was returning to the store and saw what was going on inside. The co-worker managed to wave down a police officer who was doing routine patrol through the Season’s Market parking lot.

“He said get down on your hands and knees,” Johnson said. “At the same time, he’s looking out front. I thought for sure this is it.”

The suspect ran to a back door and that’s when Johnson heard a single gun shot and ran out of the store.

Police confirm that the suspect, in his 50’s shot and killed himself just two minutes after entering the store. They also believe another suspect fled the area in a blue four door Chevrolet Impala Sedan with license plate 621 NAV.

The Johnson family say they are beyond relieved the police were in the right place when they needed them.

“My mind was, one I’m still alive, and two how can I get out of here,” Johnson said. “So I walked closer to the door. I didn’t hear anything else so I made my decision to run out the front of the store.”

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