Alarming video footage caught the moment an 80-year-old store owner in California stopped an armed robbery.
Convenience store owner Craig Cope saw that armed men were going to enter his store by viewing his surveillance cameras.
Acting quickly, Cope moved around the counter and grabbed his shotgun.
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After firing at the first armed suspect, the armed robber yells, “He shot my arm off!”
The video shows at least three suspects in a black BMW, which was reportedly stolen.
All four suspects showed up at a local hospital. Three suspects have been arrested while another is still undergoing treatment.
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“He saw on the surveillance — he saw them coming out of the vehicle with weapons,” said Marnie Tapia, one of Cope’s employees.
“I’m proud to call him my boss,” Tapia said. “He makes us feel better about being here, you know.”
“It saved his life,” Tapia said of her boss’ quick action. “I think it did.”
Tapia said Cope sustained a heart attack over the traumatic experience, adding that the store owner would recover fully.
The business recently had cameras installed over the surge in crime in the area. California has notably been plagued with rising crime and homelessness.
“The sheriff came in and warned me about eight months ago or so that this was going on and to keep an eye out and pay attention, be on your toes,” Tapia recalled.