Deputy shoots robber who held clerk hostage, officials say
Investigators swarm the scene of an deputy-involved shooting at a Greenville convenience store. (Dec. 11, 2012/FOX Carolina)
David Valencia (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A man who robbed a Greenville store and then held a clerk hostage when deputies arrived was shot by one of the deputies Tuesday, according to Lt. Tim Ridgeway with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.
The robbery happened about 6 p.m. at the Garden Spot convenience store at 2 Altamont Rd.
Ridgeway said that the man walked into the store with a knife and demanded money. Robert Buckner was a customer inside the store.
"The guy came around the corner and said, 'Get outside, get outside.' And I turned back and looked and he had a knife pointed at me," Buckner said.
Buckner said he stopped by the store to buy a drink when he was approached by the suspect.
"I went to the door, the guy turned around and locked the doors and started putting stuff in front of it. Then, he grabbed the clerk by the back of his shirt with a knife, holding it to him and screaming," Buckner said.
Buckner said once he got outside, he called 911, grabbed a tire iron and walked to the back exit in case the suspect tried to leave.
Ridgeway said that when deputies arrived, the man took the clerk into a back room while holding the knife to the clerk's neck.
Buckner said he was standing next to a deputy when the deputy shot the suspect through a window while standing outside of the store. Buckner said at least one shot hit the suspect. He said the deputy did his job to save lives.
"I feel bad for the clerk because he took some glass in the arm and some bullet fragments went through his arm," Buckner said.
Investigators said another clerk was inside the store during the incident, but the clerk wasn't hurt.
The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but the extent of his injuries were not immediately released, Ridgeway said. He said the clerk suffered minor injuries and was also taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Deputies identified the suspect as 33-year old David Valencia, of Travelers Rest. They said he has been charged with kidnapping and is under armed guard at the hospital, but they do not know when he will be released and taken to the county detention center.
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