When a man entered a Philadelphia health food store with the intention to rob it, he likely saw the diminutive store owner as an easy target.
Sharon Doyle, however, definitively proved the adage that a firearm is the great equalizer. In fact, the 46-year-old is a former police officer, having served on three different forces before transitioning into a position with the U.S. Secret Service.
She decided to open her own business when the demands of her previous job, as her father stated, “got old.”
The criminal, one year her senior, came in brandishing a knife and demanding money, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small explained to WPVI-TV.
“He puts the knife, about a six-inch blade folding knife, to the chest of the store owner,” he explained, noting that Doyle then “shoots the suspect one time in the torso.”
He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital a short time later.
Reports indicate the criminal has a lengthy police record and was recently released from prison. Nevertheless, Doyle remained composed during the altercation and emerged uninjured.
“She said she’s fine,” sister Christine Cutter said. “She was very calm. We were the ones who were freaking out.”
Facebook users responded to the business’ page with words of support and encouragement:
Her father, Joe Perrello, recalled worrying about her on numerous occasions.
“I would say, ‘Sharon, are you going to be OK?’ ‘Don’t worry, dad. I’m OK; I can handle this.’”
She proved in this situation that, with a gun and the training to use it properly, she certainly can take care of herself.
“I just did what I had to do to be here,” she said. “That’s it.”
Doyle credited her law enforcement training for giving her the resources to handle the situation. She then pointed to an angel charm she wears around her neck, concluding, “This helped me the most.”
Photo Credit: Facebook/Stan’s Health Foods
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