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Police ID Little Rock man as would-be robber fatally shot at pizza restaurant; company 'horrified by chain of events'

By Kally Patz

This article was originally published August 7, 2017 at 7:49 a.m. Updated August 7, 2017 at 4:17 p.m.

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Full statement from Domino's spokesman

First, we must say that we're horrified by the chain of the events last night, and we are grateful that the employee in the store was not hurt. It was an extremely traumatic event.

The company, and the independent franchise owner of the store, do each have a no-weapons policy. The primary concern at this point, however, is the well-being of the employee, who was faced with a life-threatening situation when all he was doing was trying to earn a living making pizza.

The franchise owner has reached out to his employee, and has offered him paid time-off and access to a counselor so that he can deal with the aftermath of this tragic and unnecessary circumstance. That is the franchise owner's top priority at this point, as well as providing counseling services to any other of his employee who may request it.


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BLYTHEVILLE — Authorities have identified the would-be robber fatally shot by a clerk at a pizza restaurant as a Little Rock man.

The Blytheville Police Department said in a statement that 53-year-old Thomas “Tony” Price died after being shot by a worker Sunday night at the location at 400 N. 6th St.

"An employee of the restaurant reported that Price entered the store," police wrote. "Price asked to see the manager, then brandished and cycled a handgun. At this point the employee, who was armed with a handgun, shot and killed Price."

The statement said "indisputable evidence" shows Price enter the store armed with a handgun and later brandishing it. It did not specify whether that evidence was surveillance footage.

The weapon Price held was later determined to be a BB gun "that functioned like a semi-automatic handgun," police wrote.

A Domino's spokesman said the chain is “horrified” and offering services to the worker.

“We are grateful that the employee in the store was not hurt,” spokesman Tim McIntyre said in an email Monday afternoon. “It was an extremely traumatic event.”

McIntyre said both Domino’s and the franchise owner have no-weapon policies.

“The primary concern at this point, however, is the well-being of the employee, who was faced with a life-threatening situation when all he was doing was trying to earn a living making pizza,” he said.

McIntyre added that the employee has been offered paid time-off and access to a councilor.

The employee who opened fire has not been identified at this time.

Police said Price formerly lived in Blytheville and has "an extensive criminal history" there. His body was sent to the state Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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TuckerMax says... August 7, 2017 at 4:47 p.m.

I hope they give him access to a counselor instead of a councilor.

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TomHoneycutt says... August 7, 2017 at 4:55 p.m.

I believe the employee will get much better support from a counselor rather than a councilor. Councilors tend to sit around and talk endlessly. Counselors tend to listen more, and talk as needed.

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NewsJunkie01 says... August 7, 2017 at 5:09 p.m.

Good for him...both that is! Employee saves his own life and others, and criminal got what he asked for and deserved. Win-Win!

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Retiredofit says... August 7, 2017 at 5:14 p.m.

it was nice that that employee had the balls to stand up for himself and other employees. But I give Dominos pizza company about two weeks and they willl "let
Go" of him. I am pretty sure a lawsuit on behalf of this deceased "upstanding citizens" family will be shortly following the hero's firing . I guess we should've provided free pizza along with his free cell phone, free housing, free Internet, free education … Oh and I forgot free food . Ain't America great 👀

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florise27 says... August 7, 2017 at 5:20 p.m.

LIVEFROMLONOKE: If we all reaped what we have sown, there would be no one to post on this page. It is sad how violence have become so normal, and how cold and callous our hearts have become. Something is very wrong with all of this but we are too preoccupied to recognize it. I pray that we all would do better.

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BEARTRAP919 says... August 7, 2017 at 6:28 p.m.

Sad that we have people that think they can pull a gun and get away scott free. Thankfully this episode had a good ending, It appears that Guns Actually do Kill people. Gun Nuts need to revise their slogan,

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rubythecat96gmailcom says... August 7, 2017 at 6:42 p.m.

short story.. bad guy did bad things. good guy stopped him . period.

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EvilRat says... August 7, 2017 at 7:14 p.m.

Guy walks in a store with a handgun and then cycles it, asking for the manager.

Actions like this make me think the guy is targeting the manager for something - NOT trying to rob the store. In fact, it was exactly what I thought when I read the article - until I got to the next paragraph.

Sad thing about this(beside the idiot getting himself killed), is that that employee is probably going to lose his job. He not only broke corporate rules, but the franchise owners' rules as well. I hope the guy gets loads of media and local help so he can keep his job.

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chosen39 says... August 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Right is right and wrong is wrong. The deceased had no business attempting to rob that establishment or anyone for that matter. Unfortunately, his poor choice lead to his demise. He was wrong! To all of you "good people" that find glee out of this situation... YOU AINT S#!+ EITHER!!! You are not good. You just know how to hide. Evil is how all of you speak and I don't you're smart enough to realize it. I don't condone the robbers actions nor your evil thoughts. Just sayin'

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chosen39 says... August 7, 2017 at 7:34 p.m.

You must all be good God fearing Christians. I can tell by the stones you throw.

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