Pasco County, Fla., Sheriff Chris Nocco was describing the actions of a customer and employee at a Marathon gas station, as an armed robber entered a store demanding money. The customer, a patron of over 15 years, was at the counter getting his morning cup of coffee when Christopher Lilly burst through the door and pointed his gun at the pair.
As Lilly tried to move both men to the cooler, the customer pulled his gun and aimed at the intruder. A struggle ensued and Lilly was tackled, dropping his gun. Then, as the robber reached for his revolver, the customer shot him in the hip.
“This is two citizens who were in fear for their lives,” Sheriff Nocco continued, adding, “I’d rather fight for my life than be a victim.” When officers arrived, they found Lilly at the front door, restrained with the help of other customers.