Alcoa jewelry store owner talks about shooting robbery suspect

Alcoa jewelry store owner talks about shooting robbery suspect

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Malone's Jewelers was robbed Wednesday. The owner shot one of the suspects in the abdomen. Malone's Jewelers was robbed Wednesday. The owner shot one of the suspects in the abdomen.
Jordan Echols (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Jordan Echols (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)
Steven Cash (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Steven Cash (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - The owner of a jewelry store in Alcoa who shot an alleged robber says he never thought he would ever have to use his gun.

Malone's Jewelers owner Danny Malone says that all changed Wednesday at his store on Gill Street.

Police say Malone shot one robbery suspect and then held a second suspect hostage until officers arrived.

Malone released several statements Friday about the ordeal.

"I have been in the jewelry business for 30 years and this is the first time anything like this has ever happened to me," said Malone. "However, owning my own jewelry store I knew I had to be prepared for anything."

Police have identified the two men who entered Malone's store as Steven Cash, 21, and Jordan Echols, 24. Cash was the man Malone shot.

Malone says while he was helping Echols look at jewelry, Cash ran toward him wearing a mask.

"He was wearing a dark hoodie and a white mask with only two small eye holes in the mask," said Malone. "He jumped over the showcase that was farthest away from me and ran back into my workroom."

He said immediately he reached for his gun.

"I yelled 'Stop right there' two times as he came running out of my work area, and was running toward me," said Malone. "He was approximately three and a half to four feet away from me when I shot him one time."

Malone says Cash jumped back over the showcase and fell to the floor.

"He got up and started to head toward the front door," said Malone. "I yelled at him to stop right there and sit down several times. As this was happening I was calling 911 on my cell phone and told them I needed an ambulance. The other young man went over and sat down with his friend."

Malone says he was in shock during much of the incident.

"When the masked man started coming towards me, I knew I had to make a decision to ensure my safety," said Malone.

Malone' store has been in its present location in Alcoa for three years, and has no plans on moving because of this incident.

"I do not think that this is a bad area," he said. "I've been a jeweler for over 30 years in this area and nothing like this has ever happened. I did, however, know the risks of owning a jewelry store and I prepared myself for the worst."

Cash is still in the hospital at UT Medical Center. Alcoa police say he will be charged when he recovers.

Echols has now been charged with robbery.

Malone's Jewelers reopened on Friday.

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