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Armed victim shoots suspected robber

Mobile Police are currently investigating a homicide at the Twin Oaks Apartment complex. Mobile Police are currently investigating a homicide at the Twin Oaks Apartment complex.
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

Mobile police have released the name of the robbery suspect who was shot and killed by his intended victim.  

Police also say the man's actions were justified to protect himself and possible a friend.

Mobile Police say the robbery victim was with his girlfriend when he was approached by an armed man in the Twin Oaks parking lot last night.

"As he and his girlfriend were unloading groceries from the vehicle and unknown male subject armed with a handgun approached him and demanded his property," Perkins said.

Police have identified the suspected robber as 18 year old Michael Lanier Clark.  According to police Clark had taken the victim's wallet when the man fired his own weapon hitting Clark in the chest. 

Clark's body was discovered in a breezeway where police recovered the stolen wallet and a weapon.

"It was just heart-wrenching to know that a life was lost over whatever he was trying to get," a neighbor said.

Police are calling the shooting justified based on several factors.

"What lead us to believe we have enough to present it has justifiable homicide is that the victim was actually in a place where he lawfully had a right to be.  He was unloading his groceries," Perkins said.

Police also say the robbery victim was confronted with a dangerous situation, and he had reason to fear for his own life.

Even though the shooting has been ruled justified,  police say is it still routine to present the case to a grand jury for a final decision.   

Police also tell us Clark who was 18 years old did not have an arrest record as an adult. 

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