'You need to get out of here before I blow your head off': Hero store clerk who pulled his own gun on robber describes how he took on criminal
• Thief demanded money at gunpoint in a store in Marionville, Missouri
• But war veteran store clerk reacted quickly, and pulled out his own firearm
• Within seconds he had his weapon in the thief's mouth and was in control
• The attacker slowly backed off as the clerk followed him with his handgun
By HELEN COLLIS and DAILY MAIL REPORTER
The hero convenience store clerk who turned the tables on a would-be thief by pulling his own gun on the cowardly criminal told the armed assailant what he planned to do if the man didn't retreat.
'You need to get out of here before I blow your head off,' 54-year-old John Lewis Alexander - an Iraq War veteran - said he told the wannabe robber, who was brandishing his own pistol at the time, in an interview with Fox News.
Alexander was working at a convenience store in Marionville, Missouri, when the tense exchange - which was captured on CCTV - took place.
When the robber pulled his gun, he probably wasn't anticipating Alexander being armed as well. But as soon as Alexander saw a weapon, his training kicked in - he pulled his own gun and had it in the robber's mouth before the man even knew what happened.
Police said Mr Alexander had a lucky escape, but speaking to The Blaze, the store clerk said he told the
police 'I think (the robber) is a little luckier than I am.'
After 30 years of service in the U.S. military, Mr Alexander has certainly had more than his fair share of dealing with unpredictable and violent situations, as well as knowing how to handle a firearm.
He has served four tours in Iraq and has worked as a prison guard and private investigator.
The failed robbery took place on Saturday night. The thief is seen sauntering into the store smoking a cigarette, which Mr Alexander promptly asks the man to put out.
The thief then quickly reaches for his gun while demanding all the money in the til.
But the clerk's training and instinct took over, and he grabbed his own Walther PPX 9 mm handgun from his back pocket while blocking the thief's aim with his other hand.
Read moreHe told the news service he threatened to blow the thief's head off. At which point the man backed out of the shop.
He said he didn't fire his weapon because the thief's gun was never pointed directly at him, threatening his life.
Store owners Max and Jeannie Dawson, who have provided police and the news service with the CCTV footage, said they fully support Mr Alexander's handling of the situation.
The clerk's wife was initially horrified at hearing what had happened while her husband was at work, but after seeing the footage, she eventually calmed down.
'It took her a while to calm down,' he said. 'But I got all kinds of lovin’ when she came home,' he told The Blaze.