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Axe-wielding thief backs down when store clerk pulls out his gun, but the gun costs employee his job

connectVideoConvenience store clerk pulls gun, calls 911 on the would-be axe-wielding thief

Oregon grocery store clerk thwarts robbery, loses job in the aftermath.

Oregon authorities are looking for a potential thief who was armed with an axe when he tried to rob a supermarket, only to flee when the clerk drew a pistol and called 911.

However, the clerk is quick thinking cost him his job, with the chairman of the Plain Pantry in Oak Grove to explain to the local station KOIN-TV that the chain has a zero-tolerance policy for weapons.

He said employees are trained to de-escalate attack situations to avoid injury, according to the station.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office on Friday released surveillance video of the incident that took place on April 28 in the shop, looking for tips in identifying the suspect who fled empty-handed and without that the 12-inch axe.

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Image from surveillance video shows a grocery store in Oregon to pull out a gun at a masked would-be robber who had an axe.
(Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office )

“We want to reunite you with the axe you left behind after the clerk’s office responded with a gun, and a 911 call and fled the scene,” Sgt. Marcus Mendoza said in a press release.

Mendoza said the suspect placed the axe on the counter and reportedly telling the clerk, “I’m sorry. I’ll leave it at that.”

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“The defendant got on his knees, with his hands in the air, then abruptly fled the store,” he said.

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