Dollar General Manager Cleared of Fatally Shooting an Armed Robber

A grand jury in Montgomery County cleared a Dollar General manager for fatally shooting an armed robber who demanded money at gunpoint. The 23-year old man, Roosevelt Rappley, demanded money at gunpoint from a cashier before the store manager tried to intervene. The incident took place at Dollar General stores at 6:20 p.m. on 2228 North Gettysburg Avenue, Dayton, Ohio.


Rappley pointed his gun at the store manager, who retrieved his firearm and shot him several times. Rappley tried to get away before collapsing and passing on outside the store. The manager made a 911 call saying an armed was shot in self-defense after trying to rob the stores.


Dayton investigating officer, Lt. Jason Hall, said witnesses corroborated the store manager’s story. Police also reviewed the security footage and the bullet casings retrieved from the discharged weapon. Based on the circumstances of the fatal shooting, Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said the manager acted lawfully in self-defense.


“As far as the individual, he was legally possessing a weapon, and he was on private property at his place of employment,” Lt. Hall said.


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Despite the rights to defend themselves, businesses could be sued for trying to protect their property from armed criminals. Employees who act in self-defense also face the risk of persecution as a way of avoiding liability by their employers.


However, General Dollar appears to embrace the concept of self-defense. The store says it has various measures in place to ensure the security of its customers and staff. Although the store did not divulge details, it appears allowing employees to bear firearms might be one of them.


Luckily, the grand jury realized the need for an individual to act in self-defense when a deadly weapon is pointed at them. This concept seems to elude gun control advocates who like coddling with criminals and shifting the blame to the law-abiding citizens for trying to defend themselves.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.

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