An Arlington Head Shop Clerk Gunned Down a Shoplifter on Monday, Police Say

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An Arlington head shop clerk is facing murder charges after allegedly gunning down a suspected shoplifter on Tuesday.

Police arrived at Smoking Dragon Gifts in the 5900 block of South Cooper Street just before 11 a.m. Tuesday to find Jonathan Brian Lambert, 28, and another employee holding two other men at gunpoint, according to WFAA. When the men tried to flee, police say that Lambert opened fire.

"Glass broke, and then I heard two gunshots, and I went and looked out the window and saw the guy that was working here aiming the gun at the getaway car and the guy that was shot leaning against the car on the ground," Amber Floyd, who was working next door, tells CBS 11 in the video below.

The shooting victim, who has not yet been identified, died, and Lambert was taken into custody.

Arlington police haven't revealed much about what they think led up to the shooting, but the smoke shop's owner told CBS 11 that she watched the surveillance video from her home. She said the two men weren't shoplifters but robbers, and that there had been a scuffle at the cash register before the guns were pulled.

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1Qaz2wsxc
1Qaz2wsxc

EITHER CHARGE WITH MURDER EVERY COP EVER INVOLVED IN A QUESTIONABLE SHOOTING, OR LIKE ROOSTER SAID, SUSPEND THE MAN FROM HIS JOB AND PUT HIM ON PAID LEAVE FOR A WEEK.

roo_ster
roo_ster

At worst, treat the clerk like a cop in a questionable shoot: paid leave and eventual administrative slap on the wrist.

Or just thank him for injecting a little chlorine into the gene pool.

do_nativityscene
do_nativityscene

Celebrate all the infinite countless amazing rich vibrant benefits of Divershitty™

UptheRA
UptheRA

Give this guy a medal!! 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

This reminds me of how the NRA supported gun control for angry black militants.  The gun lobby seems to like some having more gun rights than others.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

He needs the book thrown at him...3 days administrative leave with pay.

ruddski
ruddski

Can we assume it was a head shot?

jedkeller
jedkeller

@scottindallas not to mention this article gets a lot wrong. the NRA for the most part has always been a safety-related and training organization, which is what it spends 80% of it's budget on today. This is why gun accidents have plummeted over the last 100 years.

the NRA was never really a supporter of gun control. the leadership was just easily bent to political will. this was stopped in the 70's however when NRA members removed their weak willed leadership and installed strong leaders.

jeffery_nohmer
jeffery_nohmer

@ruddski http://i.imgur.com/n007XsI.jpg

That was posted to reddit's WTF section.  I recognized the location and started digging.  I used to eat at the Subway in the picture and a very shitty Chinese joint about to doors to the right.  I've seen the clerk standing up at the subway before eating lunch and I NEVER would have thought he was packing.

ruddski
ruddski

Or both, but we know the perp's stone-cold dead.

do_nativityscene
do_nativityscene

"Why Won't White People Hurry Up and Die Off Already?"

#SalonArticles

jedkeller
jedkeller

@scottindallas @ColonelAngus

where does the article say the NRA didn't like blacks with guns? all it says is

"The nation’s white political elite feared that violence was too prevalent and there were too many people—especially urban Black nationalists—with access to guns."

ruddski
ruddski

I remember when Progressives supported totalitarianism, fascism, prohibition, eugenics...

At least the NRA changed with the times.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@ruddski 


Much better than you. But the more I think about it, like most Conservatives, you probably stole the idea and joke.

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