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Shootout in Shawnee, Kansas

Posted on | January 9, 2015 | 14 Comments

Four criminals made a very bad decision:

The co-owner of a Shawnee gun store was fatally shot and three suspects were wounded during an attempted robbery Friday afternoon.
The gunfight broke out after four robbers entered She’s A Pistol, at 57th Street and Nieman Road, about 2:10 p.m., according to Shawnee police.
One robber struck the store’s female co-owner in the face, police said. The shooting started after that. Police didn’t know who fired first or how the gun battle unfolded, but it left the other co-owner and two robbers with critical gunshot wounds. A fourth person, one of the robbers, had less-serious gunshot injuries.
Later Friday, police said that the 44-year-old store owner had died of his injuries. . . .
A large amount of gunfire was exchanged, said Major Dan Tennis, a police spokesman.
Two of the robbers fled the store, shedding some of their clothing as they ran to the southeast, Tennis said. Shawnee police called in tracking dogs and the Kansas City police helicopter. . . .
Jim Allen, a member of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners who operates an insurance agency near the shooting location, spoke with a witness shortly afterward.
“She said she saw three individuals walking in wearing hoodies,” Allen said. “She said she had been suspicious because they had parked on the side of the building. One of them was carrying a duffel bag.”
When one of the individuals raised an arm, as if to shoot a weapon, Allen said, the witness called 911. . . .
She’s A Pistol caters to female gun owners and offers self-defense and gun safety classes. It is owned by Becky and Jon Bieker, according to state business records.

(Via Memeorandum.) Our condolences to the Bieker family. Based on this account, it is likely Jon Bieker’s quick thinking and accurate fire saved his wife’s life. The suspects have not yet been named, but all four of these criminals should face the death penalty.



14 Responses to “Shootout in Shawnee, Kansas”

  1. Adriane
    January 9th, 2015 @ 8:24 pm

    May the Bieker family find Strength and be Comforted.

  2. Adobe_Walls
    January 9th, 2015 @ 8:30 pm

    I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often except at night.

  3. richard mcenroe
    January 9th, 2015 @ 9:54 pm

    Cue the grieving families of the gentle giants who were turning their lives around in 3…2…1…

  4. JadedByPolitics
    January 9th, 2015 @ 10:02 pm

    Thank God they decided to fight it out, otherwise they would both be dead and thugs would have more firepower out on the streets. Once again proving that the cops are there to outline corpses not save you from the thugs.

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  6. M. Thompson
    January 10th, 2015 @ 12:00 am

    The foolishness of the criminal class never surprises me.

    A gun store, that specializes in self defense, is going to be ready to fend you off.

    But if they were smart, they wouldn’t be in the criminal class.

  7. K-Bob
    January 10th, 2015 @ 1:37 am

    It would be safer to try and rob a Mafia safe house or maybe a big Vegas Casino. Even a Mexican drug cartel headquarters.

    These people exemplify about the bottom of the barrel when it comes to stupidity.

  8. Adjoran
    January 10th, 2015 @ 3:39 am

    An old Batman line, after Robin remarks the villain was only caught by his own stupidity: “If crooks were smart, they wouldn’t be crooks!”

  9. Jim R
    January 10th, 2015 @ 9:57 am

    I’m very sorry that the hoodlums not only killed a man, but also were only wounded. We need to ensure that they are only very (ahem) temporary survivors.

  10. Fail Burton
    January 10th, 2015 @ 10:31 am

    In situations like this where there is an aggressive use of firearms and there is no doubt as to the guilt and identity of the attackers, they should be executed immediately and without right of appeal. That will damp down this type of crime and I doubt anyone will shed any tears beyond the immediate family. Certainly the country would be safer.

  11. mikegiles
    January 10th, 2015 @ 10:41 am

    Whoever these clowns are, they are obviously totally stupid. What kind of idiot would attempt to rob a gun store. Hell why not raid a police precinct, they have weapons there also. Did they believe the owners wouldn’t be armed and willing to use those weapons.

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    January 10th, 2015 @ 6:36 pm


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