Police video released in Circle K shooting that injured suspect
October 25, 2017 10:19 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Newly released video gives a much clearer picture of an attempted armed robbery at a Circle K convenience store last month that ended with a clerk shooting the suspect
The clerk at that store had her own firearm. She says when he pointed his gun, she pointed hers right back and pulled the trigger. Police lapel footage and 911 calls released Wednesday capture those intense moments immediately after it happened.
- Caller: "He came running in the store with a gun drawn and he got shot."
- Dispatcher: "He got shot?"
- Caller: "Yes, ma'am. My assistant had a gun."
The video shows police approaching the injured man later identified as 23-year-old Ferron Mendez. Police say Mendez tried to rob the Circle K on Eubank and Candelaria. But when he aimed the gun at clerk Jennifer Wertz, she took action.
"He had the door open," she said. "He had maybe one or two steps and pointed the gun at me, and I pointed my gun at him and I shot."
The 911 caller says the suspect dropped his gun in the store before trying to run away, but his gun was just a toy.
Police on scene rushed to give Mendez medical assistance. A couple of them say the situation does not come as a surprise.
"I knew this was going to happen sooner or later," one officer said.
"I'm surprised it hasn't happened more," another added.
Wertz was fired from her job at Circle K. She says she knew it was against company policy for employees to have firearms at work, but she wouldn't have done anything differently.
As for Mendez, jail records show that he's no longer in custody. However, he still faces a list of charges including attempt to commit armed robbery and aggravated assault.
Updated: October 25, 2017 10:19 PM
Created: October 25, 2017 05:00 PM
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