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Oklahoma employee defends liquor store of thief, report says

An armed suspect allegedly tried to rob a liquor store in Oklahoma on Thursday evening.

(Tulsa Police )

Shots rang out during an armed robbery at an Oklahoma liquor store on Thursday evening after a man threatened a mother and daughter for the money in the register, Tulsa World reported.

The scary scene happened in Forest Acres Liquor Tulsa, while Tina Ring, 53, and her daughter, Ashley Lee, 30, were at work, the outlet said.

Surveillance video obtained by the Tulsa World, captured the moment that the hooded suspect walked into the liquor store and pointed what appears to be a weapon at Lee, who was behind the counter.

After a brief exchange behind the cash register, the suspect rummages around before eventually disappearing from the video. Lee’s mother then appears, at which point Lee grabs something from under the counter and hands it to her, the video showed.

Ring told the Tulsa World on Friday that during the incident, her biggest concern was Lee’s safety.

“I didn’t want him to hurt my daughter,” Ring said. “That was my main thought.”

We are out at the scene of an attempted armed robbery at 1275 S. Memorial. A black man came into the store with a shotgun. An employee at the store fired shots at the Armed Robbery and he then fled the scene… pic.twitter.com/8MV0DF6un3

— Tulsa Police (@TulsaPolice), 23 February 2018

“Everything I thought was ‘give him the money and go,’ and the next thing I know, I see him back in my face,” she added.

The video showed women hiding behind the counter. After the defendant appeared, the Ring appeared to fire a weapon a number of times, still the defendant pulled out of the building.

The suspect quickly and, after seemingly getting shot, getting in a physical fight with Ring over the weapon.

Lee then appears to fire a second weapon in the thief, giving of herself and her mother the opportunity to leave the building.

“I think I’m still in shock,” Ring told the Tulsa World. “I don’t think I really processed everything yet.”

The robber was identified as Tyrone Lee, a man in his thirties, Tulsa World reported, quoting Sgt. Brandon Watkins of the Tulsa Police Department of the theft unit.

According to the department, the Twitter page, a man matching his description” is enabled in a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.

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