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Police: Construction worker fires shot at armed robber

Lake City police say victim used weapon in self-defense

LAKE CITY, Fla. – A man doing construction outside a Lake City restaurant Sunday night told police he fired a shot at a teenager who tried to rob him.

The man said the person, believed to be in his late teens, approached him outside a restaurant on Duval Street and asked for money. When told no, the person went away, but returned a short time later, pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and said, "Put your hands up."

Instead the victim pulled his own weapon, which Lake City police say he carries with a valid permit, and fired two shots. The robber ran, apparently not hit.

The victim locked himself in the restaurant and called police.

Lake City police established a perimeter around the area and, with the assistance of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, attempted to track the robber, but had no luck. 

The robber was described as a 15- to 17-year-old black male, 5 feet 5 to 7 inches tall, thin with short-cropped hair. He had a tattoo with blue cursive letters across his upper chest. He was last seen wearing a pair of black gym shorts. He was not wearing a shirt, but had one tucked into the back of his shorts.

Police said the victim's actions were determined to be proper and in self-defense, so no charges were filed.