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Phoenix police investigating homicide at convenience market

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Posted at 9:05 AM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 16:41:40-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say a 19-year-old man fatally shot a knife-wielding robber attempting to steal his car at a gas pump outside a convenience store early Wednesday morning.

Sgt. Vince Lewis said the victim told police that he retrieved his handgun and shot the robber after the robber displayed a knife and demanded the victim's vehicle.

According to Lewis, a female whose age wasn't known had attempted to divert the victim's attention while the robber approached and then ran away after the victim shot the robber.

Lewis says the victim then entered the store to report that had happened and waited for police.

No identities were released.