Man who shot robbery suspect at Knoxville convenience store will not face charges | UPDATE

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Knoxville police say a man who shot and killed a man trying to rob a convenience store will not be charged because he was trying to protect himself and his friend.

Officers have also identified the man who was shot as 18-year-old Tamon J. Stapleton.
According to police, Stapleton walked into the Breadbox store on Asheville Highway early Monday morning carrying a loaded 9mm. Officers say a friend of the clerk saw the robbery in progress from the parking lot, got his own gun and walked inside the store.

Officers say Stapleton had forced the clerk behind the counter at gunpoint and the friend fired once, hitting Stapleton. He died on the scene.

The serial number on Stapleton's gun had been removed. Investigators will continue their efforts in trying to determine where the gun had been stolen from.



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Knoxville police found a man dead at the Bread Box located at 6210 Asheville Highway. Officers responded to a call of shots fired at 2:35 a.m. Monday.

According to a news release, it appears that the man was attempting to rob the store where he was shot by a bystander. The store clerk and bystander were unharmed. The investigation is ongoing.

Nearly an hour later, just after 3:20 a.m. a second robbery happened at the Bread Box at 5340 Millertown Pike. According to police, a dark-skinned male entered the store with a handgun and robbed the cashier. The victim agreed to the demands of the suspect and was not hurt.

Police stopped a car at a nearby Burger King and Psalms Bailey, the man driving, matched the suspect description. Investigators say they found cigarettes and money stolen from the Bread Box on Bailey as well as clothes worn during the robbery. They also found a semi-automatic BB gun in the car.

Bailey is charged with aggravated robbery. Police do not believe the two robberies are related.