Florida jewelry store owner shoots teen robbery suspect in the head

Florida

A Florida teen was shot in the head by a jewelry store owner following a robbery at the business. 

The teen, who is a suspect in the case, remains in grave condition, TCPalm.com reported, citing the Martin County Sheriff’s office. We are withholding his name because he is a minor. 

On Thursday morning, investigators said the teen entered the shop and asked to see gold rings and a chain. Then he put on three gold rings, each costing at least $850. He was told he couldn’t try them all on at once, so he threatened to kill one of the store owners, investigators said.

Still wearing the rings, the teen pushed an employee out of the way and ran out of the store. Then he got into the passenger’s side of an SUV.

Surveillance video shows the other store owner, 57-year-old Michael Dacey, fire a shot at the vehicle, which hit the suspect in the head.

Officials said the teenager was rushed to the hospital where he remains in critical condition.

The 16-year-old driver got out of the SUV and began to flee, but was caught a short time later. That teen is facing robbery and grand theft charges. One of the teens involved was reportedly involved in another jewelry store theft earlier that morning in unincorporated Port St. Lucie. 

Investigators referred the case to the State’s Attorney’s Office, but Dacey is unlikely to be charged, the newspaper reported. 

“We have no intention, as of now, based on the evidence we have, of making an arrest,” Sheriff William Snyder said.

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