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JUSTIFIED: Orange Clark Store Clerk Shoots and Kills Robber


An armed robber was fatally shot by a store clerk during a foiled robbery of an Orange Park convenience store early Saturday morning, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to the Prime Stop Food Store in the 3600 block of Peoria Road at around midnight were shocked to find a man lying on the floor in front of the counter with a loaded handgun near him and a vehicle still running in front of the store, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The clerk told deputies he was already suspicious of the man, identified as 29-year-old William Kyle Smith, after he came in wearing sunglasses. The clerk then said when the man pulled out a gun and approached the counter, he drew his own gun and shot him, according to reports from the Sheriff’s Office.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the clerk, who has a concealed carry permit, has not been released. Neither has surveillance video of the incident, which deputies said was caught on camera. Though no charges will likely be filed against the clerk.

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