23-year old Roosevelt Rappley was shot in an Ohio Dollar General after a failed robbery attempt. Rappley brandished a handgun and demanded money from the cashier, this was corroborated by witnesses.
While many saw this act as self-defense and so did the police, the family of the robber saw it in another way. His brother, who was surprised by this and didn’t feel like he was gone as he hadn’t had time to register what happened, acted more composed. The same can’t entirely be said by Rappley’s sister who didn’t believe the employee should have had a gun in the workplace at all.
The gun was allowed in the Dollar General even if the employee didn’t have a CCW as it was private property. Even so, the sister wasn’t entirely blinded by Rappley’s death. She did understand that he held some blame, but not all.
“He’s got some responsibility, but not all. Right and wrong is wrong, [sic] that was wrong for that clerk to shoot my brother in the chest.” She said in an interview in front of the Dollar General her brother was shot in. “Yes, he’s robbing them. Oh, well! Call the police, that’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re not supposed to take matters into your own hands.”
Roosevelt Rappley wasn’t a stranger to the police.
“The deceased did have a pending weapons charge that was waiting to move forward,” Lt. Jason Hall told WHIO. “Right now we are looking into the possibility of this individual may have been involved in several other commercial robberies.”
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