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Police: Taco Bell employees fatally shoot armed robber

Posted September 7

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— Police say three employees of a Cleveland Taco Bell opened fire on two armed robbers, killing one.

Police have said two masked robbers entered the restaurant early Wednesday and ordered three employees to lie on the floor. Police say three other employees pulled out handguns and opened fire, shooting one of the suspects six times. The other suspect ran off.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Medical Examiner's Office on Thursday said the man killed was 24-year-old De'Carlo Jackson.

Investigators say Jackson was found with a loaded gun in his hand. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

No one has been arrested. The employees who opened fire are said to be two 19-year-old men and a 23-year-old man.

A Taco Bell spokeswoman told the company is "shocked" by the shooting and is offering counseling to employees.


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  • Tim Orr Sep 13, 2:06 p.m.
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    So Taco Bell is starting a trend where employees can carry weapons at work? Were they carrying the weapons concealed? That is against the law for the 19 year olds. Where is the rest of the story? Reporting today sure is sketchy at best. Lots of details are left out leading people to jump to conclusions. Like the one that says an IQ of 75 might not understand right from wrong. Perhaps your IQ is 76?

  • John Rowe Sep 13, 1:22 p.m.
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    The one killed had a previous criminal record for drug trafficking. His cases were referred to a mental health court because his IQ was below 75. An IQ of 50-74 used to be classified as [WRAL won't let me type the word because it is not considered offensive--it rhymes with boron] but it is now referred to (in the more politically-correct language) as "very low intelligence" or "borderline impaired." It is sad. He probably did not fully understand what he was doing. But, if someone is pointing a gun at you, you don't have time to give them an IQ test.

  • Ricky Parker Sep 12, 10:05 a.m.
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    I will feel safer now when dining at TB,
    Hip Hip Hooray to the employees.
    Give them a raise,they might have saved more lives then tht which was taken..

  • Norman Lewis Sep 10, 8:44 p.m.
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    Not illegal in Ohio for a 19 yo to own a handgun but illegal for them to buy. Who gave 2- 19 yo's handguns? Worked out OK this time but I don't generally trust the judgement of teenagers in that type of situation. One of them should have called out "right" or "left" claiming a target, and maybe they could have gotten both of the robbers.

  • Linda Tally Sep 9, 9:08 p.m.
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    Six shots into one assailant - that'll kill him, yep. Now as for why the other one didn't get hit... ah, well. Ya can't win 'em all.

  • John Smith Sep 7, 2:48 p.m.
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    Hmm... if the burritos don't kill you, the employees might. Good job!

  • Ed Livesay Sep 7, 10:31 a.m.
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    Of course, the employees will now be fired as Taco Bell attorneys become involved. No good deed can go unpunished.