A botched robbery has left one suspect dead after he attempted to rob a 67-year-old man with a toy gun. According to the New York Daily News, two masked assailants — one with a pellet gun and another carrying a stick — approached an older Pennsylvania man in broad daylight on Wednesday, February 4. The man was reportedly enjoying a walk in Cobbs Creek Park in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, his walk was interrupted by two men with ill intent.
One of the suspects allegedly aimed a pellet gun at the victim’s face, and the two began to tussle over the gun. The victim then pulled out his own.38 caliber handgun and fired, shooting the suspect in the head. The man reportedly died at the scene of the crime. According to the Delaware County Times, the Delaware County Medical Examiner’s office identified the man as 18-year-old Tyler Williams of West Philadelphia.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood released a brief statement about the ordeal. He revealed the fatally-shot teen actually had no prior criminal history. According to WPVI, Chitwood also shared some details about the shooter, who was very upset and remorseful following the altercation.
“He hears somebody running behind him. As he turns around, he sees a masked man with a gun pointed at him saying, ‘Give it up, give me all you got,'” Chitwood said. “He was really shook up — really upset.”
He continued, “And I told him point blank. I said, ‘You did what you had to do and as far as I’m concerned I don’t see any criminal charges forthcoming. He was very remorseful and wish it hadn’t happened and I and other detectives told him you did nothing wrong.”
At this point, it does not appear the man will face charges for shooting Williams because the incident was “justified.” However, Chitwood noted that the final decision would be left up to the Delaware County District Attorney’s office.
“I cannot speak for the district attorney, but as far as I am concerned, this was a justified shooting and the case is closed,” he said.
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