D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The tables were turned Tuesday for some reported attempted robbers who tried to make off with cash from a D'Iberville business.
The odds seemed against 70-year-old Khang Le, who was outnumbered by three masked men. It was another day at Popp's-Lamey Convenient Store in D'Iberville for owner Khang Le, at least that's what he thought.
He had just opened and started making coffee when three men came walking in. "Four individuals drove up in a car, covered their face. Three entered the store," said D'Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne.
Cameras were rolling capturing the moment when one of the men at the counter demanded Le hand over money. At the same time, Le's wife said the two other men rushed behind the counter.
Le jumped into action and grabbed his gun. "Fired at the suspects. Striking one of the suspects. They fled the scene," said Payne. A getaway driver waited for the three suspects outside. Police said they sped off.
A man stopping by the store saw the trio walking in and sensed something wrong, so he followed and calls police. "Biloxi police got in pursuit the vehicle wrecked out behind Biloxi High school," said Payne.
That's where the Harrison County Sheriff's deputies, Biloxi and D'Iberville police and multiple k-9 units begin to search, through neighborhoods and wooded areas.
One woman spotted a suspect next to her backyard. "Oh yea. Because I don't know. I just know that this is probably the person they're looking for and I just went right in the house and out the front," said Shala Premack, when asked if she was scared to see the suspect.
Police nabbed them. An attempt to walk away with someone else's cash ended with one guy shot and three others in the slammer.
Le's wife told WLOX News Now she and her husband have owned that store for 30 years and have never experienced an incident like this one.