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Self-defense tips for clerks behind the register

Posted at 7:53 PM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-30 00:04:42-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A gas station clerk was arrested on Friday morning as Las Vegas police said she is accused of shooting and killing a beer thief.

And the deadly incident is raising the question of when does self-defense turn into a crime?

13 Action News spoke to former Clark County District Attorney David Roger about the incident and the arrest of clerk Suse Antunez-Garcia.

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Roger said a person can only use deadly force when they fear for their life.

“If someone is running away from you, you can't shoot them in the back," Roger said.

LVMPD reported the 26-year old is facing a murder charge since she came out of the store and shot twice at thieves as they were leaving the scene.

Roger said the moment the victim chases the suspect, then it's not considered self-defense.

13 Action News also spoke to a convenience store cashier at Snackers on Valley View Boulevard and West Desert Inn Road.

Marion Brott said there's a definite upside to be a gas-station clerk.

“I really enjoy my customers," said Brott.

Brott admires her job but understands it can also be risky, depending on the time of day, and who walks through the doors.

"A lot of drunks, you know? You get people to come in here high. They'll come in here trying [to] steal," she said.

13 Action News told Brott about the attempted robbery and shooting at Stateside Express - she wondered how well trained that cashier was and said most clerks aren't.