Bank President Pulls Gun, Thwarts Robber

People Bank President David W. Thompson of Troy, Mo., poses on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at the entrance to his bank with the sign he put up announcing that the bank is a concealed carry bank. Thompson always carries a gun. On Tuesday, Thompson stopped a bank robbery by pointing his gun at the robber. / Photo courtesy of St. Louis Post-Dispatch
When a robber walked out of Peoples Bank & Trust in Troy with a red bank bag full of cash, president David Thompson followed him out to the parking lot.Thompson watched the masked robber get in a Ford pickup parked in a handicapped spot up front, then pulled his Colt .380 handgun and pointed it at the man Tuesday afternoon.“Sir, get out of the truck,” Thompson, 58, recalled demanding. When the man put his hand in his jacket pocket, as if he had a weapon, Thompson scolded him again. ““You don’t want to go there,” Thompson said. “This will end badly.”

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