Video shows Indianapolis store owner turning tables on thief

Video shows a man attempting to rob an Indianapolis furniture store.
Video shows a man attempting to rob an Indianapolis furniture store.

Credit: Indianapolis Metro Police Department

Credit: Indianapolis Metro Police Department

An Indianapolis store owner turned the tables on a man trying to rob his furniture store, pointing his weapon at the would-be thief, WXIN reported.

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According to surveillance video released by the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, a man walked into the Decor Furniture store on July 5 and pulled a gun on owner Doyle Stinson, demanding money and ordering him to the back of the store, the Indianapolis Star reported.

“I know you’ve got more money than that because this is a business,” Stinson, who pulled $10 out of his wallet to pay the man, said the suspect told him. “Once he gets me back to the back room that was a mistake. I go back here, I hit my silent alarm emergency button.”

Stinson told WXIN that he knew the man's gun was not loaded, so he grabbed his own weapon.

“I knew when he pulled the hammer back on the automatic weapon there wasn’t a bullet in the chamber," Stinson told the television station. "I know the sound.”

Stinson then took aim with his gun, which was loaded, and the video shows the suspect fleeing the store, WXIN reported.

Stinson said he did not pull the trigger because he saw a boy in front of his store, and was concerned a stray bullet would hit him.

"If you're shooting a 40 caliber, it's going to go through him, through this merchandise, through that window, and what's beyond that window," Stinson told WXIN. "He's got a lot more to live than me. That's true, that's a little boy there."

Instead, Stinson called 911 and briefly chased after the suspect before returning to his store.

The suspect remains at large, police said in a news release.