BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. — Blytheville police are investigating after a suspect who tried to rob a pizza business in northeast Arkansas was fatally shot.
Blytheville Police Captain Scott Adams said the person was shot late Sunday at a Domino’s Pizza.
Police identified the victim as Thomas Price, 53. He's a Little Rock resident but is from the Blytheville area, police said.
Police said Price came into the restaurant, asked for the manager and then pulled out a gun, which investigators later learned was a BB gun that worked like a semi-automatic handgun. An employee shot and killed him.
Price has an extensive criminal history in Blytheville, police said.
Anthony Perry says he knew Price well enough to vouch for his character.
"I knew that he wasn't a robber. I knew him as a person that would come and ask you for something."
Price's sister told WREG her brother had his faults, but he wasn't one to commit armed robbery and she never imagined he'd end up dead.
"It's a decision that sometimes ... made in split seconds and has a lifetime impact on it," said Chief Ross Thompson with the Blytheville Police Department.
"If you come in my business, I might lay you down too," Perry said.
It's not the first time crooks have shown up at this Domino's demanding cash, and it's not the first time they've been greeted with a loaded weapon. Two years ago, a female manager fired at three would-be robbers.
"They done been robbed plenty of times and ain't nobody got killed," Perry said. "They just went in there and got money out of there and nobody, nothing happened."
Nothing, until now.