Sword-wielding robber shot by Dairy Queen employee
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas Dairy Queen became the scene of a deadly shooting when an employee protected the store from a sword-wielding robber.
Metro Police said a masked suspect entered the Dairy Queen with a samurai sword just after noon on Sunday.
"It was a full-sized, martial arts sword," said Lt. Ray Steiber with Metro Homicide. "It's not something you see every day. That sword is deadly, if in the right hands."
The business is located in the 2500 block of South Maryland Parkway, just south of Sahara Avenue.
Action News spoke with the family who owns the Dairy Queen. They said it was a father and two sons who were working at the time of the incident. They were extremely shaken up. They say the suspect came into their store screaming and waving the sword violently. That's when one of those family members pulled out a gun and shot the suspect.
"I do know the two boys that work there with their father," says frequent Dairy Queen customer, Kimberly Phillips-Atkinson. "They're very nice, very helpful people. They're both traumatized by what happened."
"It's a really nice Lebanese family," adds Patrick Gorgan. "I know them well. They let me order over the phone. I'm so thankful they weren't hurt. They did the right thing. But, this will change their lives forever, there's no question about that."
The suspect who was shot was later pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital. He has not yet been identified.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the case.