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Business owner who shot robber says he's lucky to be alive

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Faced with a life or death situation, he decided to fight back. A towing company owner who shot a robber at his business took us through those frightening moments.

The owner of B & N towing on Lisle Industrial Avenue in Lexington said this wasn't the first time he came face-to-face with robbers.

"I was terrified, it was definitely a life and death situation," said William Eckler.

Eckler talked just 24 hours after he says two men approached him at his business Monday afternoon. The first suspect walked right up to him, trying to sell him an alternator.

"Then, the second man, with a mask on his face, turned around and pointed a gun at me, saying give me all of your money," said Eckler.

That's when he said he pulled a gun out his gun, which he keeps in his back pocket and shot the masked man three times, once in the hand and twice in the abdomen.

"That's when he jumped on me and started beating the hell out of me with a battery," Eckler said.

After a brief struggle he says the man just gave up, and both men took off.

"I thought I was going to die," he said.

He believes the same two men robbed him just one year ago on December 12.

"They stole $4,000 in cash from me, that's why I don't carry cash on me anymore," he said.

Police searched a large area for the suspects, but only found their getaway car.

"I just hope they get caught soon, until then, I won't feel safe," Eckler ended.

Lexington Police tell NEWSFIRST no arrests have been made, but they continue to actively search for both men.


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