- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Things took an unexpected turn for a would-be robber Sunday night when he entered a Marionville, Mo., convenience store and was met with a 9 mm handgun and an angry Iraq war veteran.

Jon Lewis Alexander, 54, who has served four tours of duty in Iraq during his 30 years in the U.S. military, was more than prepared when the suspect walked into his Beer 30 store, the Blaze reported.

Surveillance footage shows a relatively calm exchange between the two men. Taking a drag from his cigarette, the suspect pulls a gun from his right pocket, but before he can even lift it Mr. Alexander had his Walther PPX drawn and pointed in the suspect’s face. The suspect then quickly backs out of the store.

“He didn’t even bother holstering his weapon” Mr. Alexander said told the News-Leader.

“One of the policemen told me later, ‘You’re a lucky man,’” Alexander told the paper, adding that he believes the suspect was luckier.

“If I had seen the actual barrel of the gun, I would have pulled the trigger,” he said.

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