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UPDATE: Robbery suspect fatally shot by intended victim, no charges to be filed

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: Chattanooga police say that victim in Thursday shooting on Rossville Boulevard has died. 


The victim has not yet been identified pending notification of family. 


The shooting has been ruled as a justifiable homicide and the case has been cleared.  


No charges will be filed against the victim, according to police. 


PREVIOUS STORY: It's common for investigators to work robberies along Rossville Boulevard, but Thursday an employee at Miller Auto Sales took his protection into his own hands.


Investigators say a man wearing a mask walked into the used car dealer with a gun and told an employee he was being robbed.

“In the process there was gunfire and the suspect has been shot and he's been taken to Erlanger,” Sgt. Scott Bales with Chattanooga Police Department's Robbery Unit said.

Police say the employee shot the suspect in the chest. It happened just before two in the afternoon.

Investigators spent hours reconstructing the scene, gathering evidence and questioning witnesses all to build their case.

Channel 3 spoke with William Smartt nearby who believes you're in the right to carry if you follow the law.

“I'm firmly for the right to carry. If you've got a license and you've passed the background test and you can get your license, then you have the right to defend yourself and your business and your family,” Smartt said.

He's familiar with this kind of crime happening in the area after two men tried to rob him in this parking lot. It's also the reason why he chooses to protect himself.

“I've never had to shoot anyone and I thank God for that,” Smartt said.

Police have not released the name of the suspect or said if any charges have been filed at this time.

This is a story we will continue to follow and bring you updates as they become available. 


Chattanooga Police are investigating a robbery that ended in a shooting on Rossville Boulevard at East 43rd St. 

The call came in just before 2:00 p.m.   

Chattanooga Police say the robbery victim shot the suspect.  The suspect was taken to the hospital and is now in surgery. 

We have a crew on the scene and we will continue update this story. 

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