Customer shoots, kills robber at L.A. Tan

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December 12, 2010 1:30 PM | 59 Comments

A would-be robber was shot and killed by a male customer at an L.A. Tan in southwest suburban Orland Park Saturday, according to police.

At 6:36 p.m. Saturday, an employee at the tanning salon called police to report an armed robbery in progress at 15633 S. 94th Avenue, according to a release from Orland Park police.

The employee told police a male customer had wrestled a gun away from the would-be robber and shot the man, the release said.

When police arrived, they found a man with two gunshot wounds. He was subsequently taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 7:30 p.m.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the death of a man in his 40s at that location. His name was being withheld pending family notification.

According to police, the man entered the tanning salon and announced the robbery about 6:36 p.m. He allegedly pointed a handgun at a female employee and ordered her to tie the hands and feet of a woman who was using a tanning bed at the time. Minutes later, a male customer entered the business for his scheduled appointment.

The robber then pointed the gun at the male customer, police said, and ordered him to tie his hands together. Instead, the customer grabbed the handgun away from the robber. The robber then allegedly moved in a threatening way toward the customer, prompting the customer to shoot the robber.

The customer remained at the salon with the female customer and employee until police arrived, according to the release. The robbery was caught on surveillance camera and a gun was recovered on the scene. A vehicle was also found nearby, which police believe belonged to the robber.

The male customer, who was not identified, cooperated with police and was released without charges. No other injuries were reported.

— Caroline Kyungae Smith

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