ALCOA (WATE) - The owner of an Alcoa jewelry story shot one man and held another at bay until police arrived following an alleged robbery of his store.
Officers say Steven Grant Cash, 21, and Jordan Michael Echols, 24, tried to rob Malone's Jewelers, 332 Gill Street, around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
They say Cash went to the restroom while Echols went to the counter to discuss some merchandise. A few minutes later, Cash came out of the restroom wearing a jacket hood over his head and a mask.
Cash jumped over the counter and went into the back office, retrieving the store's money in a cash bag.
Store owner Danny Malone, who is in a wheelchair, ordered Cash to stop as he fled the store. When Cash did not stop, Malone shot him in the stomach. He then held Echols at gunpoint until police arrived at the scene.
"He did a really good job detaining both individuals until we got there," said Det. Kris Sanders with the Alcoa Police Department.
Alcoa police say it took them less than a minute to arrive at the store.
"One of the suspects entered the store and distracted the store owner. The other suspect entered moments later, concealed himself with a mask or a hood. He goes across into the back room, retrieves the money and comes out," said Sanders, describing what happened just before the store owner fired a shot with his handgun.
Police say a traumatic event like this could happen to any business owner.
"On a daily basis from the minute they open their doors to the minute they close their doors this possibility exists that someone could come in and do this," said Sanders.
Cash is in stable condition at the hospital. Echols is being held at the Blount County Jail without bond.
The daughter of the owner of Malone's Jewelers was working with her dad at the store an hour before the shooting happened.
"My dad is like the nicest man. He wouldn't hurt a fly and to know he actually knew he was in a situation where he had to, he's in a wheelchair. That scares me," said Meagan Malone.
She says her dad did not much have time to think before he pulled out his gun and shot the alleged robber.
"He was like 'Sit down, sit down,' and the guy kept saying 'I need an ambulance.' He said 'I already called and the ambulance is on the way," she said.
Meagan Malone says she is just grateful her father is alive.
"I just hugged him. I jumped on his lap and hugged him. I kept asking if he was ok. He was like 'Yeah, yeah, I'm OK.'"
No charges have been filed against Malone, but the case is still being investigated.