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In-Memoriam: 80-Year-Old Store Owner Sends Robber Squealing To The Emergency Department (Video)

Really sad news we’ve received this morning as one more real-time American hero died!

An 80-year-old Southern California liquor store owner who opened fire with a shotgun and wounded a would-be armed robber last summer has died, the store reported this morning.

Craig Cope died Tuesday morning, and a memorial at Norco Market & Liquor will be held at a later date, according to a Facebook post. It didn’t mention a cause of death.

On this day we’ve decided to report the story of this man who made every second amendment supporter proud!

A man armed with what looked like an assault rifle was no match for the owner of a Riverside County convenience store, and the frightening face-off was all caught on the store’s security cameras.

From the report we had last summer:

The attempted robbery happened at around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

When Cope saw the would-be robbers entering the store, he whipped out a shotgun strategically placed behind the counter and shot one suspect in the arm.

As the robbery suspect retreated, security cameras also captured him running back to a vehicle outside.

Strategically tucked behind the counter, Cope whipped out his hidden shotgun and shot one suspect in the arm, as seen in surveillance video.

After nearly leaving one of their own behind, the suspects sped off in a black BMW X3. Cope kept an eye on his cameras to make sure they left.

“I’m proud to call him my boss. He makes us feel better about being here,” Tapia said.

Video below:

Cope suffered a heart attack as the result of the traumatic series of events, Tapia says, but he is expected to make a full recovery. He has already been saying he’d like to return to work.

“It’s not his first rodeo,” said Cope’s employee, Marnie Tapia. “On the surveillance, he saw them coming out of the vehicle with weapons.”

Unfortunately, yesterday was his last rodeo!

RIP!

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Lord Rothschild
Lord Rothschild
1 year ago

Great American hero, sent criminals running for their lives.
Rest in peace.

Privateer
Privateer
1 year ago

I liked the part where he shot his arm off.

VietVetInOhio
VietVetInOhio
1 year ago
Reply to  Privateer

The article did NOT convey that. It stated he was shot in the arm.

Bbryan
Bbryan
1 year ago
Reply to  VietVetInOhio

That was a quote from the armed bandit. “He shot my arm off” as the bandit was recorded speaking out as he runs to the awaiting vehicle in a panic warning his comrades the store attendant has a gun. Thus Sending his fellow bandits in a state of overwhelming fear to flea.
If armed theft had this outcome always to shoot to kill the would-be bandits, crime would decline immensely. In some countries, they chop off your hand in public display for theft. Which thievery is ironically not on the rise in those countries. Haa.. go figure.

Ozzonelayyer
Ozzonelayyer
1 year ago

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stpaulchuck
stpaulchuck
1 year ago
Reply to  Ozzonelayyer

which one?

letmepicyou
letmepicyou
1 year ago
Reply to  Ozzonelayyer

Oh, they know.

Crotte
Crotte
1 year ago

Good job sad to hear of your passing.

Sputnik
Sputnik
1 year ago

Sorry to see him go. Did they ever catch or prosecute the ass-clowns who tried to rob him?

XXX
XXX
1 year ago

Oldie but goodie.

VietVetInOhio
VietVetInOhio
1 year ago

STOP with the assault rifle garbage!!

Daniel
Daniel
1 year ago

I don’t know, what do you guys use for home defense? I’d really like to know. What could’ve saved this guys life? Maybe nothing. I use a short barreled 12 gauge that usually shoots deer slugs, with light trap rounds. Trap rounds typically are in very long barrel shotguns and stay grouped together and give the bird a punch. The Trap round in a short barrel spreads. (that’s why they saw off shotguns) And something like this case is up and close. So you want it to spread for the best chance of hitting your target. This is amplified by the light charge. Short range changes everything with a shotgun. Anyway, that’s the theory behind my home defense weapon. I also have a .44 Winchester Carbine. Do you think that would be a better choice? I like the idea of a spread of shot, vs a bullet that has to be a perfect shot. You’re going to have adrenaline flowing either way. I think I’m good. But, a lot of people know more about this than me, so I’m really asking.

Last edited 1 year ago by Daniel
MCLowe
MCLowe
1 year ago
Reply to  Daniel

He wasn’t killed in the attack. That was an old story about him. They haven’t said what his cause of death was.

conservativetothebone
conservativetothebone
1 year ago
Reply to  Daniel

idk, 6-8 shotgun shells of any type in close quarters aught to do it.