Here's one for Justice!

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Capt'n Mil Coll, May 3, 2008.

  1. Alone with gunman, a choice: fight or die

    Manager clutches at robber's gun through struggle, deadly shot
    By Bao Ong
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    Article Last Updated: 05/02/2008 11:58:00 PM CDT

    Facing an armed robber who fired a warning shot and tried to tie him up, Matt Huerta's survival instincts kicked in.
    The 57-year-old manager of Trail Liquors in Inver Grove Heights said he could think only one thing: grab the gun and shoot the intruder — or die.
    "I just had that real strong feeling I might not be alive after he leaves the store," Huerta said. "I didn't want to die in a pool of blood."
    Huerta, of Rosemount, lurched for the .357-caliber revolver in Dwayne A. Curry's back pocket, and the men wrestled on the floor, each shooting the other.
    When the fight ended, Huerta had suffered a single gunshot wound to his left leg. Curry, 42, of St. Paul, died later from wounds to his upper right leg and right hand.
    "I knew he was going to shoot me if he tied me up," Huerta said. "There would be no witnesses."
    It appears Huerta acted in self-defense, police Lt. Jerry Salmey said, but the Inver Grove Heights Police Department still is investigating.
    The investigation should be complete by next week, Salmey said, and the case will be forwarded to the Dakota County attorney, who could decline to charge Huerta for acting in self-defense, charge him in the shooting or leave the decision to a grand jury.
    Police confiscated videotape from a surveillance camera and may use it for evidence.
    Curry spent time in prison for burglary and theft-related felonies. He spent six years, from 1994 to 2000, in prison for armed robbery in
    Washington County and in 2007 was held for offenses in St. Paul and Minneapolis, according to state records.
    Robbers previously had burglarized Trail Liquors, at 9740 S. Robert Trail, Huerta said, but never at gunpoint.
    Huerta has worked at the store for seven years. He was counting cash when Curry entered shortly before 10:30 a.m. Thursday, flashing his gun and demanding money, Huerta said.
    The manager pointed to what he was counting, but Curry said he wanted money from a safe.
    Huerta led Curry to a back office, where he fumbled a few times to open the safe, because he was nervous.
    There was no money inside.
    "He said, 'I want the money,' " Huerta said. "I said, 'It's all out front.' "
    That's when Curry fired a single shot into the air before trying to tie Huerta with string and an electrical cord attached to a vacuum, he said.
    The fate of another liquor store employee, left to die after being robbed and shot in the head, ran through his mind, Huerta said.
    After the shootings, Huerta grabbed the gun with both hands, then kept an eye on Curry as he called 911. Both men were taken to Regions Hospital, where Curry died Thursday afternoon. Huerta, who was in good condition, was released Friday. "I'm not that young to die, and I'm not that old to die," he said. "I was going to go down fighting."
    St Paul Pioneer Press.

    Never let ANYONE take you in the back room and tie you up at a job. Fight them for all your worth to keep them from doing that.
    What do you think of this?
  2. Seabeescotty

    Seabeescotty G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Never give up, the bad guys have gotten pretty callous about making sure thre's no living witness's. I'd never willingly go to a back room, 'cause that's where they finish the job.

  3. SwedeSteve

    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

    You gotta go kickin and scratchin!
    Last edited: May 3, 2008
  4. Seabeescotty

    Seabeescotty G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

  5. Windwalker

    Windwalker G&G Newbie

    +1 Glad the good guys finally won one.
  6. the criminals have no mercy, you shouldnt either

    by killing them you do a service to yourself and someone else down the road (im not saying shoot them for no reason, but dont hesitate, they wont)
  7. And another piece of trash gets what he deserved. Too bad the clerk got hit, but as the saying goes if you're gonna fight and gotta be willing to hurt!
  8. AKHunter

    AKHunter G&G Newbie

    Bravo ! I made up my mind when I was a kid, if someone had you in a position where you had no doubt they would kill you regardless of your cooperation, get after them no holds barred ! That man did exactly what he should have and thankfully he was the victor and survived.
  9. Coeloptera

    Coeloptera G&G Newbie


    If someone tries to move you there's an excellent chance they're going to try and kill you.

    If they try to tie you up you will be defenseless. At that point, you have nothing to lose. Do nothing and you'll likely be dead for sure, go all out and you've got a chance. Some chance is better than none.

    I'm just sorry Huerta was wounded in the struggle. Hope it wasn't too bad.

    - Coeloptera