Blytheville, Arkansas Domino’s pizza manager Sarah Cherry is no shrinking violet. When a trio of hoodie-wearing armed robbers held up her counter staff, the manager walked up from the back of the store to investigate the commotion. One of the robbers then made the mistake of firing his handgun at her.
Armed, Cherry fired several shots back at the suspects as they fled the store, heading east, according to witnesses.
Police are actively investigating several people of interest, according to Criminal Investigation Division Capt. Scott Adams, who urged anyone with any information regarding the incident to come forward. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrests and conviction of the three suspects involved.
No injuries were reported with the incident, and Adams said Cherry acted bravely.
“Although it is not the Police Department’s recommendation to fight with armed suspects, we do strongly believe in personal protection of businesses and people whom are not convicted felons,” he said. “The store manager showed great courage in protecting herself and her employees.”
I suspect that Cherry might have kept her weapon concealed and let the robbers leave with the contents of the cash register uncontested if the robbers had simply taken the money and run. When the robber shot at her, however, it showed that they were willing to take lives, and at the point, Cherry had nothing to loose and everything to gain by pulling her own firearm and opening fire on the robbers, forcing them to flee.
Often times we try to do an analysis of a defensive gun use after it is over so that we might be able to determine what we might learn from the encounter, but this one leaves us with relatively little to add.
We think Cherry responded as well as you can expect the average person to react when suddenly confronted with a trio of armed robbers, especially when they have the drop on you, you have employees in the building, and one of the criminals decides to open fire. Only the luckiest or best trained are going to start racking up hits in such a situation, and we think that this was an excellent defensive gun use even though she didn’t hit any of her attackers.
A successful defensive gun use is any time that a citizen uses a firearm to defend their lives, regardless of whether they hit their targets or even fire their guns.
We’d like to congratulate Cherry for not only successfully defending her life, but the lives of her employees.