Wheelchair-bound store owner shoots, detains robbers

Photo Credit: WBIR

wheelchair-bound jewelry store owner in Alcoa, Tenn. allegedly shot a robber and held two men at gun point until police arrived on Oct. 23.

Suspects Jordan Echols and Steven Cash, got no cash, WBIR reported. They did however, get a painful adventure when they ran into Danny Malone, who despite his wheelchair, knows how to defend himself and his jewelry store.

Danny Malone told WBIR:

“one of the men who police identified as Cash, went into the restroom. At the same time, Echols came to the counter and said he was looking for something for his girlfriend. Malone showed him some chains, but noticed the man wasn’t really looking at them, and became suspicious, and put the jewelry back in the case.

Then, he wrote, “I saw the other young man come running at full speed out of the lounge area. He was wearing a dark hoodie and a white mask with only two small eye holes in the mask.

Malone said the man jumped over the counter and went into Malone’s office to get a bag of money he uses to buy scrap gold. Malone said that’s when he got his gun out and chambered a round. He said he yelled, “stop right there” two times as the man ran toward him. He said he fired the gun when the man was about 3 1/2 to 4 feet in front of him.

“He jumped back over the showcase and fell to the floor. He got up and started to head toward the front door. I yelled at him to “stop right there and sit down” several times, Malone wrote. This, he said, while he was dialing 911 and said he needed an ambulance.

Malone held the two men at gunpoint until police arrived a couple minutes later and claimed one of the men was a regular customer. Cash remained hospitalized as of Oct. 25.

“I am extremely proud,” Malone’s daughter Monica told WBIR, and it’s fair to say, so are gun owners everywhere.
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