Police: Starbucks customer who shot man assaulting employee had 'fear of bodily injury'
(KUTV) — A Starbucks customer shot a man in the chest inside the store in the name of self defense and, at this point, police appear to be on his side.
The shooting happened just after 6 a.m. in Millcreek at 3898 South and 900 East.
“[Benjamin Overall] started towards this customer and the customer responded by shooting him,” said Detective Ken Hansen with the Unified Police Department. “So I think he reacted to that threat. It really boils down to fear of bodily injury to your own life or some else’s.”
It all started at the 7-Eleven across the street when police say Overall, 37, who is homeless and living on the streets, started harassing a clerk. That clerk then pushed the panic button and police were called.
After police arrived they spoke with Overall and then he ran across the street to the Starbucks.
“He ran right into the Starbucks right behind the counter and started assaulting the clerk there. Hitting her in the head and kicking her,” Hansen said.
Police say Overall then went toward a customer, a man in his late 60s, who is a concealed carry permit holder.
The customer took out his gun and shot Overall in the chest.
“Then [Overall] steps outside, our officers engage him and he’s non cooperative. They don’t know he’s been shot. One of them deployed a taser it doesn’t work because the thickness of the clothing he was wearing and that’s when they discovered he was shot in the chest,” Hansen said.
Hansen says Overall has mental health issues and police believe that was the cause of what he did.
Overall was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. The Starbucks clerk was also taken to the hospital and has been released.
Paula Nafus who works at Smokey’s just next door says transients in the area have been a big problem.
She believes the customer did the right thing and is grateful he was there to protect the Starbucks employees.
“I give kudos to the guy who shot the man in the chest,” Nafus said. “I hope he gets a hero medal.”