SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield police say a customer at a Kum 'n Go disarmed a would-be robber overnight.
Around 4 a.m., two white males showed up at the store at 2506 W. College and one of them attempted to hold it up. The customer got the gun away from the man, police say, although they didn't say how he disarmed him. The suspects both ran off.
Public Information Officer Lisa Cox says officers don't recommend taking action in a situation like this.
"We would advise them to stay an uninvolved as possible and to keep a safe distance and take in as much of the scene as they possibly can."
KOLR10 News asked safety expert Matt Canovi, with Canovi and Associates, what a person should do during a robbery attempt.
"For the average guy and gal, even if you've got a concealed carry permit, as long as it's just a robbery where property is at risk, let them take the property. Be a good witness, corporate with law enforcement, testify in court, using positive identifiers, and the bad guy will eventually go to jail. Don't risk your life or someone else's' life for property."
Check out his full interview above.