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According to recent reports, a Chicago-area convenience store attendant came face-to-face with an armed robber in a mask Sunday evening. With a gun pointed directly at him, Ahmad Samhan reportedly told the suspect he would retrieve money from the safe, only to reach down and grab a handgun.
“He had a gun pointed at him,” Samhan’s brother, Jawad, said Monday. “I think anyone in his position would do the same thing.”
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Samhan shot the suspect, who died a short time later at a local hospital. The incident was initially being treated as a self-defense shooting, but led investigators on a peripheral hunt for the deceased man’s identity. Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd explained that authorities recovered no identification from him at the scene and, as of Monday afternoon, fingerprint analysis had not found any matches. “This is strange,” he concluded, noting that the deceased “looks pretty young, mid-20s” and “may not have had a job that required fingerprints.” Reports Tuesday indicated the man had been identified as 30-year-old Ingleside resident Justin Greenewald. As for the clerk, the initial shock of defending himself with lethal force was pronounced, his brother said. “He was freaked out and crying,” he said, concluding that with the “help of family and friends he should be OK.” Local prosecutors say that they have made “no decisions” regarding potential charges against the clerk, though his actions have been largely praised online.
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