Police: Attempted jewelry store robbery ends in suspect shooting himself

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Police in Sumter are investigating the attempted armed robbery of a jewelry store that ended with the suspect shooting himself in the head.

Sumter Police say officers were called to Galloway and Moseley Fine Jewelers on North Guigard Drive for an attempted armed robbery Thursday morning. Police say just before 8 a.m., the man tried to rob two employees as they opened the store.

Chief Russell Roark says one of the store employees holds a concealed weapons permit and was armed.  Roark says the employee drew his gun in self-defense and pointed it toward the suspect. Roark says the suspect turned his own weapon to his head and shot himself.

The suspect died at the scene. His name will not be released until his family is notified.

Sumter Police are continuing to investigate.

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