Gas Station Clerk Fights Robber; Shares Story with CBS 8 News


By Jessica Gertler

A Montgomery gas station clerk talks only to CBS 8 News about what it was like to come face-to-face with an armed robber. A split-second decision may have saved the clerk's life although it left the robber dead.

Montgomery Police say a 40-year-old man armed with a gun entered this gas station on West South Blvd. Monday night. What happens next you won't believe.

Yellow tape surrounded the Citgo parking lot on Monday night. One man dead, and police left cleaning up the scene.

But it wasn't the usual situation. This time the clerk on duty fought back. And by the way, the clerk was Bobby Chilson. A single mother.

"Well he came in with a shotgun, and a shirt over his head. A white shirt like that one, so I thought he was playing, so I lifted the shirt up. He was like B don't touch my mask, and he shot. When he shot, he shot so close to my face. That's when the bullet grazed my eye," says Chilson.

But Chilson wasn't going to let this be her last night

"I had a gun right here, because he came in right here. When he shot, I grabbed my gun. I went back here, because he slapped me too. But I went back, I shot him," she says.

Chilson says it took one shot. One shot to kill Robert Willis.

"This is a person I have been seeing in and out of the store for years," Chilson says.

A loyal customer of eight years.

Back home, Chilson's mother Sara heard the news.

"I thought it was her, because so many people were calling me and telling me that something had happened in the store. My heart dropped down to the floor. My doctor told me my pressure was up 200," says Sara Chilson.

She says she can't believe her daughter knew to fight back, because violence has never crossed Chilson's path.

"She has to call me to kill a cock roach," Sara Chilson says.

But Monday night didn't scare Chilson. She'll still works at the Citgo, and still works the night shift.

"I'm waiting for the next one," she says.

Police say no charges have been filed.

Chilson says there was only $200 in the cash register that night.

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Vanessa said on Monday, Sep 3 at 10:34 AM

It also say THY SHALL NOT STEAL!!!!!!!!!

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Mrs.Baxter said on Friday, Aug 31 at 7:19 PM

It may seem like the right thing to do is fight back but it isnt it is also lifethreating for any person to fight back a robber. and the lost of life no matter what this man was doing isnt going to make her killing him right maybe to some people but not in the eye sight of The Lord THY SHALL NOT KILL not kill because u feel u have the right too. thats why we as humans has a conscience but when u done what u HAD to do to protect ur self fall on ur knees and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive u for taken something u cant give back!

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