Clerk kills man trying to rob St. Thomas gas station


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ST. THOMAS - A gas station clerk has shot and killed a man who was attempting to rob the station, according to V.I. police.

Police learned that two armed robbers entered the First Stop gas station and convenience store on Centerline Road at 1:47 a.m. Friday, according to a prepared statement from V.I. Police Department spokeswoman Melody Rames.

Police identified the deceased as Felix Hector Fredimon, 23.

"Two guys walked in, one at a time, actually. They were purchasing some stuff," said Jamil Hussein, owner of the station and store.

The two men approached the counter, where two employees were working, Hussein said. One of the men pulled a gun on one of the employees, after which the employee grabbed the man and the two began to fight, Hussein said.

Meanwhile, Fredimon tried to hop the counter, near the cash register, at which point the second employee pulled his own gun and shot Fredimon, Hussein said.

"We made a decision. We are always prepared," Hussein said, noting that he and both of his employees are licensed to carry firearms.

Neither employee was injured, and the other man fled the scene immediately after, Hussein said.

By Friday afternoon, no evidence of the shooting was left at the brand new convenience store.

Hussein said that the establishment has been around for several decades - namely as a gas station - but they had never been robbed in all that time. Still, they decided long ago that they would be prepared for such an incident since armed robberies are not uncommon on St. Thomas.

"You have to take a stand. You can't just let crime take over," Hussein said.

Hussein said that he believes the territory should make it easier for people to acquire guns so that more people can protect themselves.

"These guys don't abide by the rules," Hussein said.

Rames said that the police department does not encourage anyone to purchase firearms, but it recognizes the right of all American citizens who are qualified to own a firearm to have a firearm.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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