Clerk fires shot at West End cigarette thief

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – A gas station worker fired off shots at a man who used a sledgehammer to break into a gas station in the West End early Saturday morning, according to Crime Insiders sources.

It happened around 5:50 a.m. when a worker arrived at the Citgo in the 9000 block of Quioccasin Road, near Blue Jay Way.

The clerk had just spotted part of the building’s window smashed when a man jumped out the window carrying goods from the store, those sources said.

That is when the worker drew his gun.

The suspect then took off running and in the process dropped the sledgehammer he used to break out the window, as well as cigarettes he was trying to steal.

The worker fired a shot hoping the suspect would stop, police sources said, but he kept running. He made it to his waiting Toyota minivan and sped off.

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