TULSA - A confrontation between police and an armed robbery suspect ended in gunfire, but the incident ended without anyone getting seriously hurt.
It began about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dash Inn convenience store, 1532 E. Apache, just a few blocks west of N. Lewis Ave.
Witnesses told KRMG at the scene the suspect, a black male, at first asked for a cigarette, then a pack of cigarettes.
He then showed a gun and demanded money, they said.
John Shaw, the store manager, told KRMG he's worked in stores for 13 years and never had to face a gunman before, but he knew what to do.
"I think I believe, myself, that I can convince him, I can talk to him, I can give him what he wants so he don't want to shoot," Shaw said.
"So I just give him what he wants -- cigarette, money."
Another customer saw what was going on as they entered the store, and called police.
Officers arrived before the man could get away, and one of them confronted the suspect behind the store and ordered him to halt.
The man refused, and made threatening motions with the weapon, Ofcr. Jillian Roberson told KRMG, so the officer fired a single shot, but missed.
At the point, she told KRMG, the man dropped his gun but still refused to stop, so officers used a taser on him and then took him into custody.
Police have not released his name.