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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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Kharma says... August 7, 2017 at 7:52 p.m.

I am definitely one to offer kudos to the shooter. He reasonably believed that his life, or the life of another, was in danger and he took affirmative action. Good form! That the weapon wasn't necessarily lethal is of no moment. And, bonus day, one less festering parasitic boil on this planet for the decent folk to have to endure.

It is always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6 ...

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Kharma says... August 7, 2017 at 8:01 p.m.

Hey chosen ... the dead clown a friend or relative of yours? In past posts you seems to hold the words of posters in the same light as the gross violence perpetrated by thugs and other criminal vermin. You ever hear the nursery rhyme about sticks and stones? Ahhhh, probably not ...

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chosen39 says... August 7, 2017 at 8:50 p.m.

Hey kharma... Did you read my post? Read and comprehend please. It doesn't matter to me if the would be robber had been you. It wouldn't make sense for me to be thrilled because you're no longer living and give praise to someone because they killed you. My eyes are wide open as well as my ears and I know what evil sounds like when I hear it and when I see it. You did not read in my post that agreed with his foolish actions man. My post was pertained to the error in his ways and the ways of you "good people". As far as the nursery rhyme goes.... I would bet money that you tough sounding commentors are just as sweet as a nursery rhyme. Anything else you need me to clarify?

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chosen39 says... August 7, 2017 at 9:08 p.m.

Kharma... You spoke of my previous posts. Let me show you something. Look at the post comment from "Retiredofit" in particular. So many of you come that same angle and don't act like you don't see what's wrong with that B.S. And I can tell he's soft spoken there. But I'm sure that is agreeable to you.
If you people are saints..... why should the hopeful continue to be hopeful? Apparently there's nothing to strive for.

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JiminLA says... August 7, 2017 at 9:10 p.m.

@EvilRat
You may be right but I lean more toward thinking the perp asked for the manager thinking that's who had access to the safe.

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ZeebronZ says... August 7, 2017 at 10:50 p.m.

This guy stepped up and did the right thing. I'm sure he will lose his job and that is a shame. Hopefully, he will live happily ever after.

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TravisBickle says... August 8, 2017 at 10:40 a.m.

Never bring a bb gun to a real gunfight.

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caspertherat says... August 8, 2017 at 2:41 p.m.

And just when he was starting to turn his life around. Tony never harmed no one and was always making people laugh, loved his mama and helped around the house. He was thinking about getting into college and become a medical missionary. Besides, how else he gonna get money for his school clothes? And as to the "alleged" criminal history, everyone makes at least one mistake. Tony was just trying to find himself. Cue the 6th grade graduation photo. Besides, according to his buddy, Anthony Perry, "They done been robbed plenty of times and ain't nobody got killed," Perry said. "They just went in there and got money out of there and nobody, nothing happened." See, folks, that place was a regular money store just asking for it. Big oops for Tony this time.

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