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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.

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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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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  • Razrbak
    August 7, 2017 at 8:02 a.m.

    That is the pizza joint that has the hot and ready special. This one had something extra.

  • abb
    August 7, 2017 at 9:45 a.m.

    Thank you citizen. Civilization thanks you. You saved tens of thousands of dollars in trial, court, and jail expenses. You can bet the criminal won't be committing any more crimes.

  • Packman
    August 7, 2017 at 10:40 a.m.

    Good guy with a gun wins bad guy loses. Nice. Very nice.

  • HarleyOwner
    August 7, 2017 at 11:12 a.m.

    That employee deserves a raise and a medal.

  • YoungHog
    August 7, 2017 at 12:18 p.m.

    the employee is probably going to need counseling for taking a life that is.. Hopefully criminals will get the idea.. still sad to see any life taken

  • KingCoyote
    August 7, 2017 at 12:31 p.m.

    Score one for the citizen who turned the criminal into the victim!!!!!!!

  • LIVEFROMLONOKE
    August 7, 2017 at 12:35 p.m.

    We must all be just messed up who are glad the punk is dead and the victim wasn't a victim right? Well that is what the anti-gun establishment thinks. Kudos to the good guy with a gun. And prayers for the family who has to deal with the loss of their criminal family member who reaped what he has sown.

  • ObieOne
    August 7, 2017 at 12:50 p.m.

    Best way to completely End all Violent Crime and still have plenty of available prison space is exactly what this Pizza Hero did! Execute the worthless Scum! He no doubt has committed 100 felonies already and only convicted on 10 if truth was known. Just sayin.

  • Blind_Eye
    August 7, 2017 at 1:07 p.m.

    Another 100% reformed criminal and no doubt his grandmother and baby mama will mourn for his worthless behind!

  • TrumpJongDum
    August 7, 2017 at 4:01 p.m.

    No-gun policies and gun-free zones are designed to create victims. When scouting out possible locations for their next violent gun crime, you can bet these worthless thugs prefer advertised unarmed victims. Congratulations to the one employee with the courage to ignore this rule and protect his/herself and other employees. Also, @ Razrbak Little Ceaser's has hot-n-ready....not Domino's.

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