Robber's Family Said Clerk Who Shot Him During Holdup Shouldn't Have Gun At Work

"Yes, he’s robbin’ y’all. Oh well! Call the police!” the armed robbery suspect's sister told WHIO.

Dayton, OH – The outraged family of an armed robber who was fatally shot while holding up a Dollar General store said that the employee who shot him had no reason to bring a gun to work.

“You do not take matters into your own hands and bring a gun to work for safety! Period!” the suspect’s furious sister told WHIO in an interview.

The incident occurred at the Dollar General store on Gettysburg Avenue at approximately 6:20 p.m. on Oct. 9, WHIO reported.

Police said that the suspect, later identified as 23-year old Roosevelt Rappley, barged into the store with a handgun and demanded that employees give him cash from the register.

According to witnesses, Rappley pointed the weapon at multiple employees during the holdup.

But when he pointed the gun at one unnamed store clerk, he discovered the worker was carrying a weapon of his own.

“I just had somebody try to attempt and rob me over here at Dollar General on Gettysburg,” the employee told 911, according to the Dayton Daily News. “Came in with a firearm, threatened to take money out the drawer, pointed a gun at me and my staff members.”

“He pointed a gun at me,” the caller continued. “I had a firearm on me, I pulled my firearm and I shot him in self-defense.”

The employee also told the dispatcher that the gunman “shot back” at him, but it was unclear how many rounds were fired, WHIO reported.

Rappley was pronounced dead at the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office just before 6:30 p.m.

Police said that the employee who shot Rappley was carrying his weapon legally.

“As far the as the employee at Dollar General, he was legally possessing a weapon,” Dayton Police Lieutenant Jason Hall told WHIO. “He was on private property at his place of employment.”

The lieutenant noted that a concealed carry permit is not required to carry a firearm on private property, the Dayton Daily News reported.

Rappley was already facing a weapons-related charge prior to the armed robbery attempt, according to WHIO.

“The deceased did have a pending weapons charge that was waiting to move forward,” Lt. Hall explained. “Right now, we are looking into the possibility of this individual may have been involved in several other commercial robberies.”

But Rappley’s siblings were outraged that the employee was armed at work, and blamed him for escalating the situation that ended in Rappley’s death.

Rappley’s sister declared that her brother had “some responsibility” for what occurred, “but not all,” WHIO reported.

“Right and wrong is wrong – that was wrong for that clerk to shoot my brother in the chest!” she yelled. “At the end of the day, that’s not right!”

“Yes, he’s robbin’ y’all. Oh well! Call the police!” she suggested. “That’s what y’all supposed to do. Y’all not supposed to take matters in y’all own hands. If that’s the case, I’m gonna take matters into my own hands!”

The Dollar General refused to comment on whether employees are allowed to carry firearms at work, WHIO reported.

“At Dollar General the safety of our customers and employees is a priority,” the company told the Dayton Daily News in an email. “In line with that commitment, we employ a number of safety and security procedures to prevent, deter, and if necessary, respond to criminal activity in our stores.”

“To protect the integrity of these measures, we do not comment on them specifically,” the company’s statement read. “We are continuing to review the circumstance surrounding this evening's events in Dayton, Ohio, and are cooperating with local authorities in their investigation.”

Comments (204)
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flybynight
flybynight

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha Maybe federal laws against walking around with IQs lower than an acorn might cut down on this problem. On the other hand, if a frog had wings..........

sbuckner021
sbuckner021

that's an insanely troubling mindset for even a "grieving" family member to have. +1 for the defender, beer on me.

BanditOne
BanditOne

"Don't bring a gun to work for safety. Period!" WTF??? Just when you think these people can't get any "dumber" they do. If I were a black person I'd hide my face in sand in refuse to see the daily ignorance being displayed across this nation by these stupid criminals and their sister's apparently. They should give the true victim a medal for shooting this armed robber, stopping his crime spree and saving court funds on prior gun charges. Another happy ending.

flybynight
flybynight

Calling all trolls, jump in here and dazzle us with brilliance or baffle us with your usual bovine scatology.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Robber's Family Said Clerk Who Shot Him During Holdup Shouldn't Have Gun At Work LOL, Well, since the only employment the robber had was Robbing people, HE shouldn't have had a gun "At Work Either" LMAO. But then you can NOT fix stupid Either

Cidcsp
Cidcsp

Just how is that life of crime, threatening others with a gun, robbery, etc working out for you. RIP

MWDave
MWDave

Oh! Lawdy! My baby wouldn't shoot at nuffin! He was a good boy! Going to seminary school this fall. How else does he git money's fo school if he don't rob a store!

sbuckner021
sbuckner021

how many cases of store clerks who have been tied up and executed/sat on fire due to not "taking the matter into their own hands"? this is the preferred outcome in this situation EVERY time.

ikaika
ikaika

You can't make this shit up! How do people even come up with this insane thinking?

I know it's hard, but let's ignore the trolls. They have nothing better to do than make outrageous statements to get us normal people worked up so they can spend their lonely days arguing on their computers. We don't need to feed them.

Grampsdeal
Grampsdeal

That is a retarded family.

5150
5150

That is some funny shit right there! How stupid can some people be?

EGDG1930
EGDG1930

Sounds like Dollar General will be getting looted shortly!

Fbc28277
Fbc28277

How stupid can you get? Unbelievable.

Dedmeet
Dedmeet

I believe she just made a terroristic threat

SCMACE
SCMACE

Possibly instead a more responsible solution, you shouldn't steal or rob others... Who in all these types of stories will stand up and say your the one wrong? Accountability for your actions.

Marilii
Marilii

Apparently their brother needed money and chose to take matters into his own hands to obtain it. This clerk did the right thing. Any time someone is pointing a gun at you, you have to assume you are in danger of losing your own life. Calling the police was not an option. "Hey robber, hold on before proceeding any further. Your sister says I can't shoot you, I have to call the cops instead. If you decide to shoot me before I'm able to make that call, well, that's okay. We gotta do things your sister's way. Can't put a robber at risk, you know.".

ajl1957
ajl1957

If I was legally armed and someone was using a weapon to rob me I would have shot him myself to save my life. the family of this criminal is wrong

ChiefC
ChiefC

The sad part is that the left wing liberal progressive socialist America hating democrats agree with her

bluesupporter001
bluesupporter001

So I guess his sister would not like to think of how many other customers in the place could have been armed also. For a robber to think that he is the only person in the place with a gun is not very good thinking. He deserved to be shot!

whatalways3parts
whatalways3parts

WTF?? Hey siblings, your brother must have been living "9 Lives" cause , he apparently survived the other robberies that HE committed!!! Duh !!!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

“You do not take matters into your own hands and bring a gun to work for safety! Period!” - lol

And here folks explains the whole Mike Brown / Alton Sterling / Treyvon Martin etc. mentality of the riot mob who protest anything bad guy getting shot up.

How dare you defend yourself? 🙄

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I'm waiting for them to start protesting outside the dollar general, demanding the employee be terminated and charged with murder (because black lives matter). I can also see them looking to hire an attorney to sue dollar general for the wrongful death of their beloved brother, because they did not prevent their employee from bringing a firearm to work for personal protection, which directly resulted in the death of their little angel.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

'Don't bring a gun to work for safety'? How about 'Don't bring a gun to robberies for intimidation'.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

They be upset because now they can't collect the ghetto lottery, that's why they wanted the Cops to shoost him!

hoss377
hoss377

Just to let those who don't know,the Gettysburg Avenue area of Dayton is a ghetto shi*hole,good job for the employee.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Prior charges and glamor pics...

#1 CARRYING CONCEALED WEAPONS #2 IMPROPERLY HANDLING FIREARMS IN MOTOR VEHICLE

#1 OBSTRUCTING OFFICIAL BUSINESS #2 CRIMINAL TRESPASS

#1 WARRANT - FAILURE TO APPEAR

#1 OBSTRUCTING OFFICIAL BUSINESS #2 CRIMINAL TRESPASS

#1 OBSTRUCTING OFFICIAL BUSINESS #2 CRIMINAL TRESPASS

#1 CRIMINAL TRESPASS

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Truly amazing that people think this way.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

"right and wrong is wrong" … lol, wtf Shaniqua.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

Sister Rappley, the only reason honest people have to carry guns at work, is because of assholes like your brother.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

Roosevelt Rappley … seriously these ghetto names never stop cracking me up.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

What a twisted mind his sister has. The neurons are misfiring.

"Don't bring a gun to work, period!" Um, that's exactly what her brother, who used to be "employed" as an armed robber, did, and he pointed his weapon at others.

“Yes, he’s robbin’ y’all. Oh well! Call the police!” she suggested. “That’s what y’all supposed to do. Y’all not supposed to take matters in y’all own hands. If that’s the case, I’m gonna take matters into my own hands!”

That's obviously not what the law says. The law says you should not commit armed robbery, and if you do, it is lawful for people to shoot you in the act.

This story is proof positive that if you ban guns, only the law-abiding will be disarmed, and the criminals and their cheerleading families will be able to rob people with near impunity.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Looks like this website is now preventing me from preventing mugshots that are public records.

His sister, Rashell Rappley has a few, with charges including

CARRYING CONCEALED WEAPON

TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE

Possession of Marihuana (FTA)

They are here. Delete the spaces...

tinyurl.com / y y b l n 4 x 9

Brian N
Brian N

The amount of stupid makes my head hurt

mike wauters
mike wauters

Earth is a better place now that this pile of feces is dead. He will not be missed.

twostickmack
twostickmack

Another one bites the dust......lol.

Grandmoi
Grandmoi

and if her brother had shot the clerk and killed him? The clerk would have been responsible because he showed up for work? Be sad because your brother wasted his life by being an armed robber...now apologize to the clerk .

JDS
JDS

Right and wrong is wrong. The first rule of Ape Law!

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

“....I’m gonna take matters into my own hands!”..... oh please do! Please! Please do! This genetic predisposition toward self-composting is perfect. Run along sweet Tinkerbell.... Nike makes a very stylish body bag in your size ....

WRB
WRB

She would have a point if he were unarmed and stole some potato chips and ran. BUT - he wasn't, and he didn't and he died. He threatened every employees life, and short of being killed by the employee might have killed everybody in the store. Good job, one less mouth to feed in the pen.

Skeet 63
Skeet 63

The store clerk is obviously a hero anb the criminal is no more

Skeet 63
Skeet 63

The clerk is a HERO

RunningFromNY
RunningFromNY

Mr. Rappley's sister should have taught her brother to only commit robbery in "gun free zones".

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

Police said that the suspect, later identified as 23-year old Roosevelt Rappley, barged into the store with a handgun?????.“You do not take matters into your own hands and bring a gun to work for safety! Period!”....Maybe his sister should have told her brother to leave his weapon at home?

bryantrent
bryantrent

Oh please the clerk had a permit he had a right

Anomie88
Anomie88

The sister said off the record: "Obama, and Hillary and all the Democrats on CNN told me that it was okay to rob people at gunpoint because we are owed reparations. They told us to go and take what you want and we'll cover it up in the news for you." Well, I guess the fake news media didn't advise her brother that citizens in this country are sick of that narrative and will protect themselves at all costs.

toughguy
toughguy

(sarcasm on.) The family is right. Give me just one good reason a clerk should ever have a gun at work...

Sargejh
Sargejh

I love a happy ending. Well done Dollar General employee.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Her response defines a certain segment of our society perfectly. This is why our country has so many prisons.

Jailkeeper
Jailkeeper

Dear sister,

Your brother is the one responsible for his own death. Your brother is a crook, criminal, thug, or any other adjective you want to use to describe a low life. If he hadn't took a gun to commit a crime, he actually might still be alive. So, no, do not blame the law abiding citizen who protected himself and others, lawfully as he has the right to do. So, when you bury your brother in the ground, let him know, it was his own dumbass fault for where he is.

Signed, A law abiding citizen

flybynight
flybynight

You know it's bad when you can't get Booger's bitching about how someone allowed a gun to be left sitting around and it magically jumped into the hands of a thug. And if that's not bad enough, the gun made the thug use it.