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VIDEO: Store Clerk in Marionville Pulls Gun on Would-be Robber

MARIONVILLE, Mo. -- A would-be robber gets quite the surprise at a store in Marionville. When he pulled a gun on the clerk, the clerk then pulled his own gun on the man -- and it's all caught on camera.
You never know exactly what to do. You just hope you do the right thing.
MARIONVILLE, Mo. -- A would-be robber gets quite the surprise at a store in Marionville. When he pulled a gun on the clerk, the clerk then pulled his own gun on the man -- and it's all caught on camera.

Most of us wouldn't be calm and collected at the barrel end of a gun, but lucky for Jon Alexander, he was prepared.

He was working a typical shift at Beer:30 Liquor Store Sunday night when things got interesting.

"Had a gentleman come in the door there smoking a cigarette and I asked him to take his cigarette back outside," recalls Alexander. "He pulled a gun out from behind him and said, 'you need to give me all your money.'"

But the would-be thief learned quickly he picked the wrong guy -- a former military police officer packing heat.

"I pulled my weapon up and told him, 'you need to get out of here before I blow your head off.' Backed right on out the door."

Now two days later, Alexander's bold moves are the talk of Marionville and the store's owners are pleased they hired a security guard and a clerk, all in one.

"I think it's a situation where everybody has to determine what they are capable of handling," says Max Dawson, who has owned the store for two years. "Wouldn't recommend everybody do it. You have to have a little training to be able to do stuff like that."

From the time the man walked through the door, Alexander says the whole exchange was only about 11 seconds.

"You never know exactly what to do," he says. "You just hope you do the right thing."

With 30 years in the military under his belt, Alexander says he is used to high risk and is just glad he was prepared in this situation.

"Any place that deals with a high volume of money is a target. I wouldn't be surprised if somebody does attempt it again down the road."

And if they do, Alexander will be ready.

If you recognize the suspect in the video, you're asked to call the Marionville Police Department at 417-258-7578.
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