Police are investigating an attempted robbery that left a suspect fatally shot by a bodega owner. According to the NYPD, 43rd Precinct police responded to a call of a robbery in progress inside of 1260 Morrison Avenue on Sunday, October 21 at 10:32 p.m. Upon entering J Market, police officers discovered Daniel Meeks, a 32-year-old Soundview resident, unconscious and unresponsive after sustaining a sunshot wound to his head. EMS responded to the scene and transported Meeks to Jacobi Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Meeks allegedly entered the store and demanded cash from the owner before jumping over the counter. The owner allegedly produced a .357 Magnum revolver and shot Meeks. The investigation is ongoing and is being treated as a case of self-defense. The owner was taken to the 43rd Precinct for questioning and he is cooperating with law enforcment. No charges are pending against the owner who had a license to own the firearm. Police have been unable to recover another gun at the scene and believe Meeks may have been unarmed. No arrests were made following the incident.
Attempted Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot By Store Owner
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