The clerk at a Mesquite convenience store recently fought off three suspects with guns and survived with minor injuries.
While police tell clerks that they should not fight back when armed gunmen rob a convenience store, the clerk in this case says that was a decision he didn't have time to make.
Mesquite police say that Myron Keith Brown entered the Chevron store at the corner of Highway 80 and Town East Boulevard about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday while two accomplices waited outside.
After pretending to go shopping, Mesquite police say Brown flashed a gun.
The clerk, Luis Bribiesca, says he didn't have time to react.
“The first attacker approaches me…and doesn't quite give me a chance to give him whatever things he wants,” said Bribiesca.
The other two suspects rushed in as Bribiesca and Brown wrestled for the gun.
“I just saw the gun way, way too close to my head,” said Bribiesca. “So I just tried to take it from him but I ended up shooting him.”
Immediately, Bribiesca noticed something.
“I don’t think he had too many bullets because I pulled the trigger a few times and I don't know if just one or two shots were fired, but I kept on trying to shoot him and I guess he didn't take that many bullets with him,” he said.
Brown's right shoulder is shot.
“He was losing a lot of blood,” said Bribiesca.
The guns dropped as Brown's two accomplices came around the counter.
Bribiesca says he knew the struggle was over.
“They outnumbered me and they had guns as well, so I had to stop resisting,” he said.
Another suspect picked up the gun and beat Brisbiesca about the head.
Incredibly, he suffered only minor injuries.
“They put the gun on my head,” said Brisbiesca. “Didn't cause any wounds or anything. Just tried to scare me.”
The thieves filled bags with merchandise and took off.
Brown took off with them but didn’t get far.
He was arrested when he fell to the ground in a nearby field.
“I just hope he really stays where he belongs for a little while so he can learn a lesson,” said Bribiesca.
The other two suspects have not yet been arrested. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.