A customer with a concealed carry license shot and killed an armed man attempting to rob a Chicago neighborhood store, police said Sunday. A masked man walked into the store and currency exchange about 7 p.m. Saturday on the city’s southwest side, displayed a handgun and announced a robbery to an employee, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
The gunman then pointed his weapon at another employee and forced her to the back of the store.The armed customer then fatally shot the man, identified Sunday by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as 55-year-old Reginald Gildersleeve. Other details about Gildersleeve weren’t released.
No one else was hurt during the incident. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the customer, who has not been identified, will face charges. Guglielmi said preliminary details suggest the customer was not at fault, but that the case was under review by local prosecutors.
“We’re looking at it as a self-defense issue at this point,” he said.
Gildersleeve’s stepson told WLS-TV he believes there’s more to what happened.
“Something just don’t sit well with me,” the stepson said. “To shoot him multiple times and I know he don’t really own a gun, so something just doesn’t sound right.”
While the stepson told WLS Gildersleeve was a former employee of the store and knew the owner well, police told the station he had an extensive criminal history, including prior arrests for robbery.