In Nashville, a liquor store owner shoots a suspected shoplifter and was arrested. Was it self-defense or aggravated assault? Read more about the story below!
Liquor Store Owner Shoots Suspected Shoplifter
May Boyce, an 88-year old widow and small business owner, shot a shoplifting suspect in the back on June 16 in Nashville.
Boyce was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and has been released on a $10,000 bond, but is due back in court on June 29.
Ramon Fisher and a second man only referred to as “One Eye” by the suspect, entered Boyce’s liquor store, Murfreesboro Road Liquor and Wines, around 8:30 pm.
The second man approached the counter asking for brown liquor as Fisher moved to the back of the store.
Fisher admitted to officers that he was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine that evening, and had intentions to steal from the store.
Boyce has owned the store for 26 years and has been robbed and assaulted numerous times, including an attack two months ago that has left her wearing a wrist brace ever since.
Despite having never shot a gun before in her life, the confrontation on June 16 led her to pull out her late mother’s .38 Smith and Wesson snub-nosed revolver and lay it on the counter.
When Fisher moved towards the exit with two liquor bottles, Boyce stood her ground and shot him in the back.
Boyce told officers that she did not intend to shoot Fisher, only to scare him. She said that she was aiming for the ground.
Fisher yelled out that he was shot and fell onto a shelf full of bottles. The second man helped Fisher out of the store.
Fisher is expected to make a full recovery. The second man has not been identified or apprehended.
Boyce is Fed Up
Boyce does not want to play the role of a helpless old lady. She is “fed up” and able to take care of herself.
“I did what I had to do, and I hope word gets out on the street that I’m fed up and I’m not taking it anymore. You’ve got to stick up for yourself sometimes,” Boyce was quoted in an interview with the New York Post.
A frequent customer of her store came to Boyce’s defense, stating that she has been “afraid to defend herself against would-be thieves because of what has been transpiring.”
He calls her being charged with a crime for defending herself, “ridiculous.”
Boyce has one prior arrest on her record, a Class A misdemeanor of selling alcohol to a minor, from 2006.
The case was dismissed in 2007 and Boyce did not pay court fines or spend any time in jail.
Stand Your Ground
Tennessee is considered a gun-friendly state. They issue permits for both open and concealed carry and there is no requirement for purchase approval or registration of firearms.
Vehicle carry is allowed without a permit – a handgun may be open or concealed in a vehicle as long as it is not on your person. This includes boats and RVs.
Stand Your Ground laws apply in Tennessee. If you feel that you are in danger, you do not have to retreat – in your home or business, or anywhere else that you are legally allowed to be.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 25, 2020, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.