INDEPENDENCE — An armed robbery of an Independence coin shop turned violent Wednesday when the robber and the store owner exchanged a volley of gunshots.
Harry Smith, Independence police chief, said the shooting occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m., at Uncle Ken’s Coin Shop, 1819 N. Penn. Upon arriving at the scene, officers learned that a black male subject had entered the shop and robbed the store owner, Kenny Preble, at gunpoint.
A struggle ensued whereby the owner pulled out his own weapon and fired at the suspect. The wounded suspect than fled the business on foot. He was eventually apprehended in an alley in the 1700 block of North Penn Ave. Smith said the suspect had been shot several times and was transported to Mercy Hospital in Independence. He was later flown to a Wichita hospital for further medical treatment.
Preble was also injured in the robbery and transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the left arm.
The name of the suspect was not disclosed in a press statement issued by the Independence Police Department.
The shooting marked the second time in one year in which an armed robbery attempt ended in a shooting by a business owner. On May 7, 2012, Terrence Clark, age 23, of Coffeyville attempted an armed robbery of Kennedy Sweeper and Sewing Center at 902 W. Eighth in Coffeyville when store owner Paul Kennedy pulled out a gun and fired a gunshot at Clark. Clark later died of that gunshot wound.
The Montgomery County Attorney declared that Kennedy acted in self-defense. No charges were filed against Kennedy.