Injured robber’s lawsuit dismissed

PRESCOTT – Michael Lewis, who owns Mike’s Mini-Mart on Gurley Street, was found not liable by a jury in a civil court case for the injuries sustained by a man he shot during a robbery in September 2011.

Scott LaFonte, 37, filed the suit after the county attorney declined to charge Lewis, 50, in the shooting. He asked for unspecified damages, as well as lost wages and medical expenses. The lawsuit claimed that Lewis, who knew LaFonte, was “motivated by spite or ill will” when he shot LaFonte three times on Sept. 14, 2011, outside the store at 924 E. Gurley Street.

A Prescott Police report said Lewis claimed LaFonte, a regular customer, put a 12-pack of beer on the checkout counter, asked for cigarettes, and then pulled a knife. He told Lewis “not to come after him or he would stab him,” and left the store without paying, the report said.

Lewis took a .40 caliber Glock pistol from his vehicle, and chased LaFonte, and LaFonte came toward Lewis with the knife, the report said. Lewis “fired one warning shot in the air,” and when LaFonte came within six to eight feet of him, Lewis shot him three times, the report said ...

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