A retired correction officer was shot in the leg fighting off two robbers who tried to stick up his gas station Monday afternoon, police sources said.
The two robbers walked up to the Sunoco Gas Station on Throop and Gates Aves. in Bedford-Stuyvesant at about 1:30 p.m., and tried to rob the workers there at gunpoint.
They forced two employees, ages 73 and 53, into the station’s service area at gunpoint, cops said.
That’s when they came across Hillary Farmer, 70, the station’s owner and a retired city correction officer, cops said.
Farmer was armed, and when he tried to get away from the robbers, they opened fire on him, cops said. He returned fire, though it’s not clear if he struck either robber, police said.
Medics took the wounded Farmer to Kings County Hospital, sources said. He’s expected to survive.
“He’s doing much better,” said a woman who picked up his house phone and identified herself as his sister. She declined to comment further.
The robbers fled east on Gates Ave.
Police released photos and video of both men. Cops describe them as black, one wearing a black ski mask, a red shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers, the other wearing a red bandanna across his face, a white shirt, black jeans and black sneakers.
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