La Vergne store owner shoots, kills would-be robber after box cutter attack

Discount Tobacco and Beer

LA VERGNE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man was shot and killed Monday night after police say he attacked a store owner with a box cutter in La Vergne.

It happened just after 10:30 p.m. at the Discount Tobacco and Beer in the 5400 block of Murfreesboro Road.

Jamie Sellars
Jamie Sellars

Police told News 2 the store owner and another person were standing outside when a man identified as Jamie Sellars came from behind the building and asked if the store was open.

The store owner told Sellars they were closed before he was attacked a box cutter, slicing his neck.

“He’s a pretty nice guy to me. I can’t believe that happened to him,” said Shannon Aaron, a frequent customer of the store.

The owner of the store, who has a carry permit, shot Sellars.

The suspect fled the scene and was found dead a short distance away by a K9 unit.

The store owner was treated at the scene for his injuries.

The store owner is currently not facing any charges.

Police said Sellars has a previous criminal record.

Authorities confirmed with News 2 an armed robbery was reported at the store about six months ago. The two incidents are unrelated.

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