Off-duty cop foils dealership robbery

Publish Date: 
Aug 21, 2012

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – An off-duty police officer thwarted a robbery attempt at a dealership, shooting the would-be robber.

Police told the Winston-Salem Journal  detective Michael S. Poe was inside Kevin Powell Motorsports on Aug. 17 when a man entered and demanded the keys to a motorcycle. The man's face was covered, and he was carrying a gasoline can and a pistol-grip shotgun.

Poe, in plain clothes, was on duty but was not on official business at the shop, police said. A customer told Poe what was going on and Poe confronted the masked man and fired at him, striking him. Poe then called other officers to say that the shooting had taken place and that he was with the suspect, police said.

Shop owner Kevin Powell issued the following statement after the shooting:

"I am so thankful that none of our employees or customers were harmed or injured," he said. "I want to express my sincere appreciation to the Winston Salem police officer whose quick actions and bravery undoubtedly saved lives."

Posted by Holly Wagner