Philadelphia, PA – An alert Metro PCS employee who fatally shot an armed robber inside the cell phone store location where he worked will not be criminally charged for defending himself, prosecutors announced (video below).
Security camera footage captured the Aug. 26 attack from two different angles.
The incident occurred at the store location at 7003 Elmwood Avenue, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The lone employee was sitting behind the counter when the hooded suspect barged into the store with a pistol in his right hand, the video showed.
The gunman tossed a bag onto the employee’s desk with his left hand, then looked away for a moment as he tightened his hood.
That’s when the employee, who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, quickly drew his handgun and opened fire.
The armed suspect collapsed to the ground, at which point the worker seized his opportunity to flee out the front door, the video showed.
No customers were inside the store at the time, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
"I heard about 10 shots and I got out [of] the car to look around and I saw the guy that works there run out of the store with a gun in his hand," a witness said, according to FOX News.
Police arrived at the scene minutes later, and the gunman was pronounced dead.
His weapon was also recovered.
Prosecutors said that the unnamed employee will not face charges in connection with the deadly shooting, the New York Post reported.
It wasn’t the first time the cell phone business was hit by robbers in recent months, Heather Ayres told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Ayres, who works at a pizza shop across the street, said that the employee who shot the gunman had been working at the store for about a month.
“The people that worked there quit after they got robbed, and the people before that left after they got robbed,” Ayres told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Metro PCS – which is now known as Metro by T-Mobile – said that it has been cooperating with police throughout the investigation into the shooting.
“We’re so sorry to hear about this tragic situation,” the company said in a statement.
You can watch footage of the employee’s encounter with the gunman in the videos below: