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[UPDATE] Armed Robbery at Bill's Mini Mart in Tallahassee

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATE] 1-13 Noon --

The vehicle in this incident has been recovered and the investigation continues at this time, according to Officer Susan Newhouse with the Tallahassee Police Department.

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UPDATE 01-11-2010 at 6:15pm by Jerry Askin

A late night armed robbery ends up deadly after the robber is shot and killed by the clerk at a Tallahassee convenient store.

It all happened at the Bill's Mini Mart Convenient store on South Magnolia Drive around 10 pm Monday evening.

Tallahassee Police say 23-year old Andrew Hale entered the convenient store and demanded cash from the clerk. And that's when the tables turned, the clerk retrieved his personal handgun and shot and killed Hale right inside the store.

Nick Camechis who works next door from the convenient store says, "It was wrong for that man to come in and try to steal from him and it may have been him that done it before."

The store owner did not want to go on camera, but he says he's sorry for what happened to the robber, but he says the store clerk was simply doing what he had to do in self defense.

Nick Camechis says he believes it was the same robber that got away with cash after robbing the same store 10 days ago.

Camechis goes on to say, "The guy had no excuse and unfortunately he's dead because of a mistake he made....The people working in that convenient store are hard working people."

Tallahassee resident Arrington Williams says, "He gotta protect his life.. Who knows he could've let them rob his store and got away but who know he could've gotten shot and killed anyway."

Investigators say after the shooting, the clerk went out to the parking lot and began firing several shots at what appeared to be a get-a-way vehicle. Authorities believe there may have been an accomplice involved in the robbery.

We are still trying to get our hands on surveillance video.

Anyone with any information on other people involved in this robbery is urged to contact TPD or CRIMESTOPPERS at 850-574-TIPS.

[UPDATE] 1-11 Noon --

TPD Release:

Last night, at approximately 10:00PM, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to a reported robbery at 1020 South Magnolia Drive (Bill's Mini Mart). Upon arrival, officers discovered 23 year-old Andrew Hale had been shot. Hale was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and later succumbed to his injuries.

Based on physical evidence and witness statements, the initial investigation indicates Hale entered the store brandishing what appeared to be a handgun and demanded cash from the clerk. The clerk retrieved his personal handgun and shot Hale.

Moments after the shooting, the clerk observed what he believed to be a getaway-vehicle in the parking lot. The clerk exited the store and fired several more shots as the vehicle fled.

Investigators believe there may have been an accomplice involved in the robbery. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Tallahassee Police Department at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477). Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

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[UPDATE 11PM 1-10 --

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Police confirms they are on the scene of a shooting in Tallahassee at the corner of South Magnolia Drive and Lafayette Street.

Officials say the shooting happened around 10 pm, but will not say if it was an armed robbery or not. TPD is also being cautious about releasing any information related to the shooting.

TPD will not confirm how many were involved in the shooting or the status of those involved.

WCTV will bring you more details as they become available.

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Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Police are currently at the scene of a possible armed robbery where shots were fired.

The incident happened around 10pm at 1020 South Magnolia Drive which is the site of Bill's Mini Mart.

Scanner traffic indicated a person has been shot twice, once in the chest and once in the leg.

Details are scarce at this point, but WCTV has a crew on the way and will bring you more information as it becomes available.


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