1. According to The News Leader, 54-year-old Jon Alexander was behind the counter of a Beer 30 in Marionville, Mo. when a would-be robber came in.
2. When the robber pulled out his gun he quickly discovered that Alexander — an Iraq War veteran with four tours of duty and 30 years of service in the U.S. military — had a firearm of his own.
3. (Alexander was also former prison guard, private investigator, and professional extraditor of federal prisoners, so basically, not a guy you want to try and rob.)
4. The surveillance footage shows the robber demanding that Alexander give him all the money in his register — that is until Alexander smoothly pulls a Walther PPX 9 mm handgun.
5. Local law enforcement told Alexander he was lucky nothing happened. Alexander told the police that he wasn’t the lucky one, the robber was.
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