Store clerk shoots suspected thieves in Riverside County

NORCO, Calif. — Four men allegedly attempted to rob a Norco store but were confronted by an employee armed with a shotgun, who opened fire on the armed suspects, injuring one, authorities said Monday.

Davon Anthony Broadus, 24, of Inglewood, Justin Kyle Johnson, 22, of Inglewood, and Jamar Elijah Williams, 26, of Las Vegas, were arrested and jailed at Robert Presley Jail in Riverside on Sunday on suspicion of theft and conspiracy.

A fourth man, whose identity has not been released, was injured and remains hospitalized, but is expected to recover and will be incarcerated for similar allegations when he is medically cleared from hospital, according to the sheriff’s department. of Riverside County.

Capt. Mike Koehler said shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday, the four suspected robbers pulled into the parking lot of the store in the 800 block of Sixth Street and got out of a BMW SUV clutching long guns.

“These suspects approached the entrance to the business … wearing masks and balaclavas,” Koehler said. “Immediately after entering the business, with guns pointed at him, an employee inside the business fired a single shotgun blast, causing the suspects to flee.”

The captain alleged the foursome attended a regional trauma center and one of the men sought medical attention for an injury inflicted by a shotgun blast.

Sheriff’s deputies were called in to investigate and they discovered Broadus, Johnson and Williams in the SUV, parked outside the hospital, according to Koehler.

He said the three men, who were not injured, were taken into custody without incident after it was confirmed the BMW had been reported stolen.

“The vehicle was found to contain numerous stolen firearms,” ​​Koehler said.

Further investigation, based on video from the store’s security surveillance camera, indicated that the employee, whose identity has not been released, opened fire in self-defense, according to the sheriff’s department.

“A legally armed member of our community prevented a violent crime and ensured his own safety while being confronted by several armed suspects,” the captain said.

The employee was not injured.

No background information on the suspects was available.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600.