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Dec 24, 2010 8:02 PM by Matt Stafford

Springs store owner fires a gun at a would-be robber

Edward McNulty, a local jeweler, has been working hard to finish up a long list of Christmas orders. He stayed late Thursday night catching up, but when he left his shop, McNulty Jewelers at Union Blvd. and Briargate Parkway, around 10 p.m. he did something unusual, he grabbed his gun.

"For some reason I just picked it up and walked to my vehicle," says McNulty, recapping the events of the night before.

He didn't think he'd need the gun; he's never had a need to use it before. However on his way to his car, a man came from the side of the building, with his hand in is pocket, telling McNulty he had a gun and threatening him.

"He said that he had my family," McNulty explains.

But the robber didn't know that McNulty had a gun.

McNulty chased the robber across the parking lot, with the robber throwing rocks at him along the way. Eventually the robber got in a truck and headed straight for McNulty.

"He was driving after me," McNulty describes. "I got out of the way and I shot his tire."

The robber left the scene before police arrived. He didn't take anything, and didn't have McNulty's family.

Colorado Springs Police have been investigating. They say it's usually safer to cooperate in a situation like that, but it sounds like McNulty had a right to shoot.

"It sounds reasonable at this point," says Lt. Brian Ritz of the Colorado Springs Police Department. "The person has a right to use force to protect himself; whether it be deadly physical force or whatever the appropriate level of force may be to protect himself or his family."

The day after McNulty is still recovering. He's thinking about what happened. One part he's thinking a lot about is what made him get his gun before he left?

"I have no idea why I brought my gun out, but the situation could have been completely different if I didn't have my gun."

McNulty has his concealed weapons license, and plans to carry his gun more often.

Police are looking for a heavy set man, about 5'10". He was wearing a orange, puffy coat, a black hooded-sweatshirt, and a mask during the attempted robbery. They say his vehicle was a late-model, white, Ford F-150. If you have any information, please call Springs Police at 444-7000.

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