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Armed robber shot by store owner; dies at medical center

Posted: Friday, June 19, 2009 12:00 am

A 32-year-old man who robbed a State Street pharmacy Wednesday evening at gunpoint paid dearly for his crime after being shot to death in the process of fleeing by the store’s owner.

Reports from the Clarksdale Police Department have identified the man killed as Joey Barron. 

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  • anonymous posted at 3:57 pm on Tue, Jul 14, 2009.

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    If any of you moaning and b*tching about "poor joey" 's death even KNEW the store owner one bit you would know that he would never wrongfully take a man's life. He was protecting his customers because for over 20 years that's who he has strived to serve. You reap what you sow. Joey Barron could've asked the store owner for the money and I guarantee you he would have done his very best to help him out.

  • anonymous posted at 9:59 am on Thu, Jul 2, 2009.

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  • anonymous posted at 4:18 am on Wed, Jul 1, 2009.

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    You people have issues in this town. How can you rejoice over someone getting killed. This is why this town is always in so much uproar... The citizens celebrates over a tragic death. Thank God I moved away. My friends read this press register everyday, and they always remind me of how bless I am because I don't live in this lil ghost town with so many hateful people and don't understand how I made it through.My friends went with me on a vacation there about eight years ago and they were blown away at what they saw. They thought they were in a horror movie from the mid 1800's. You people need to wake up and get with the program, and learn more about "UNITY" and life in "MODERN DAY TIME". I am glad my family moved out six years ago, but I do pray that my friends would also...they donot have to worry about me ever coming there to visit... Thank God for post cards!

  • anonymous posted at 5:28 am on Tue, Jun 30, 2009.

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    Back in the mid 1960s my father was the chief of police in Clarksdale, his name was Mr. Ben Collins. Clarksdale was a safe place to be according to what people tell me because people knew Mr. Collins would be knocking on the door if anyone messed up. I think we need to rewrite a little history.

  • anonymous posted at 4:52 am on Mon, Jun 29, 2009.

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    CRY ME A RIVER. I don't care if he was shot in the back, the front, on the side, or in the head, he had a gun. For those of you who think just because he was poor and his momma loved him he should have been given a free pass, you have the insane on the membrane.If you do not want your loved ones to get killed, you better set them on the straight and narrow. As times get worst, more of this will happen. If you show up at my door with a weapon, you had better have said your goodbyes earlier that day, because the next face you will see will be the Devil!

  • anonymous posted at 3:47 am on Fri, Jun 26, 2009.

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    I don't know where to start after reading some of this crap. Ppl are so quick to judge ppl. First and foremost, I will not condone a person being robbed that is wrong flat out wrong, but on the same note what threat is a robber with his back turned to you and this store owner needs to be punished bcuz he can get back what Joey took; Joey can't get his life back. He had no right to take matters into his own hands regardless of how much crime is going on. He took a man's life and he should be punished period no question. If it is wrong for the police to shoot someone in the back what makes it right for a thriving buisness owner? Or are pharmacies exempt from the law?

  • anonymous posted at 8:09 am on Thu, Jun 25, 2009.

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    As much as I would like to try I can not justify anyone's behavior. I can not condemn the criminal nor congratulate the owner. I can pray for us all. I pray just a little harder now, for the spiritual strength to accept the stones that are cast our way, I pray for wisdom and understanding and continued compassion. We won't be your victims, there are too many of those already. So you want to know where was his family.We were working, doing various jobs, such as social workers, managers, business owner, college students, etc.You want to know where his mother was? But yet you fail to ask the location of his father. So, as his aunt and some one that really knows, I'll tell you. His mother was praying for him and begging him to do the right thing. She was assisting him in trying to find a job. She was crying and praying for him. Se was spending sleepless nights worrying about him. As a family we try to do as God commanded. We go to church, we pay our tithes, we try to help our fellow man. We donate charities and try to guide our youth in the right direction. These are things that we learned and taught early in life. And to answer you next anticipated question. His grandmother, his aunts and uncle were right there also. We are a family that loves hard and do our best to support and guide our family members in the right direction. I have no answers when his younger sister says to me "Auntie why did he do that". I have the same question. I just don't know. Unfortunately, you notice I did not write of his father, and I won't. I choose to deny him as he denied his son so many times, but I can not, and will not blame the father for the sons (Man's) behavior. Looking back I ask myself what I could have done differently, or better and with a clear conscience I say "nothing". I understand that there is a greater power beyond myself. And as a victim of blue collar and white collar crimes I understand that the accountability and responsibility is with the individual and justice will be served in this life time. I simply choose to allow God to do his work. I understand that many of the writers ignorance comes from their pain and frustration, as, I to am very angry and frustrated. I understand that tomorrow you will find another target until the shoe lands on the other foot, just as I did. Isn't It something else when it is always another family, another "thug"....Until it happens to you. So with such a tragedy, let's find some good in all of this. Father's hug your sons and daughter and let them know that they are loved and respected. Mother's continue to pray for your children that God will have mercy on them. Let's Stop casting stones.....Judge not for with what judgement you give out, so will be the same that you receive....I know, I am living it.

  • anonymous posted at 1:12 pm on Wed, Jun 24, 2009.

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    What planet are you from? Gone to heaven? What heaven? God said in His Word, that no thief or robber shall inherit the Kingdom. To all that has something negative to say about what this courageous man did, I have one question for you; when was the last time you had a gun stuck in your face and everything you had earned for the last two weeks was taken by some "down on their luck thug"? Until you've been through it, shut your mouths. You haven't had to deal with the nightmare and the panic attacks that the memory of the robbery put you through. Oh please give me a break. My heart goes out to the families on both sides. I didn't know him, but what he did was wrong and wreckless. It was better that he died then the owner and employees and customers. I'm not rejoicing because he killed him, i'm rejoicing that innocent people didn't loose their life because he was under pressure. We all are under pressure. But we have to trust in God. What you choose to do with the pressure is totally your choice. He choice was, "i'm gonna rob this drug store today" and he died after making that choice. The bible says choose life instead of death. He chosed death. Were any of you there? How do you know he shot him in the back? If you wasn't an employee, customers, or the owner, you don't know. If the shoes was on the other feet, what would you have done? You won't ever know, until you're put in that position. To Elizabeth: What if it had been your loved ones in there with a gun stuck to their head, and the gun accidently went off, and suddenly your mother, father, sister, brother, or child was taken away from you? How then woud you feel? It's easy to point the finger @ this courageous man, but he has to live with this tragedy the rest of his life. Have you all thought about what he is dealing with? The best thing to do is pray for him and everyone that was left after this unnecessary tragedy took place. Just think what would you do if it HAD BEEN YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONE? To Nathan: It's not just black people robbing, it's whites, hispanics, and asiansand every nationality under the sun. Would you people have been as vocal if it had been a white man that got shot? It shouldn't matter, but here in Clarksdale, color does matter.

  • anonymous posted at 10:33 am on Wed, Jun 24, 2009.

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    To Ms Waldo: For Clarksdale going back to the way it was 20 years ago. I am not sure where you lived 20 years ago, but the same kind of crimes happened back then. I know for fact that it happened in 1975 when someone tried to rob the White Elephant and when the owner of the business next door went after them he got shot trying to help the police apprehend the crook. Clarksdale had this type of crime back then too!

  • anonymous posted at 7:49 am on Wed, Jun 24, 2009.

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    To me me: Actually, killing him did solve something. The store owner got his money and drugs back and the thug will not do this to anyone else. It sounds like it solved the problem to me.

  • anonymous posted at 7:26 am on Wed, Jun 24, 2009.

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    I thought it was against the law to shoot a man in the back out side of a home or an establishment. I thought sawed off shot guns were illegal. My prayers are with Joey as his soul leaves this earth and goes onto heaven where he can rest finally in peace. Clarksdale Ms. is the poorest and blackest city in all of America. Not everyone there gets a decent break in life. He was a child, he was a boy, he lived to be a young man. What is this glorifying anyone for shooting a man in the back for any reason. That would be hard to live with. This is Joey Barron's time right now. He has just died. We should have some respect for the human being he was and might have been with more help

  • anonymous posted at 4:10 pm on Tue, Jun 23, 2009.

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    I don't see even the bleeding heart liberals crying on this one. This criminal would have kept on going until he killed someone. I am going to start getting my medicine from this store because the owner is protecting his store and customers.

  • anonymous posted at 5:11 pm on Mon, Jun 22, 2009.

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    I agree that as a community we do need to stand up to these thugs that prey on our hard earned things. However, I do feel this youngman deserves the benefit of the doubt. I'm not trying to justify what he did. I know his actions were wrong. One reader stressed the need for criminals to get a job. Well I know for a fact this youngman had been looking for work. He seemed under pressure. Not everybody can function under pressure. Some people just can't handle stress. They crack up and do all sorts of things. So people let's pray for one another and even more for those like Mr. Barron. To judge his actions is to have known him. As we know the devil is on his job and he's trying to take as many souls as he can. It is because he knows Jesus is on his way back.

  • anonymous posted at 3:33 pm on Mon, Jun 22, 2009.

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  • anonymous posted at 12:10 pm on Mon, Jun 22, 2009.

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    Mr. Winters, nobody is redneck and you are right no one deserves to die, but one deserves to have a gun pointed in their face and belongings taken.

  • anonymous posted at 5:46 am on Mon, Jun 22, 2009.

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    Crimes should be punished and criminals held accountable no question. What this young man did was horrendous but is justice death, a shot in the back. The owner sounded the alarm, other customers were present ,why not wait for police? Other lives were in Jepardy. We must not take the law into our hands because we are sick and tired of crime. Was this justifialbe homicide or vigilante justice? Is this what the legislature intended with the "Castle Doctrine?" I pray no.

  • anonymous posted at 4:47 am on Mon, Jun 22, 2009.

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  • anonymous posted at 9:33 pm on Sun, Jun 21, 2009.

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    I believe alot you guys watch too much redneck news (Fox News). Calm down.....somebody lost their life. Have some class about yourself.....this man was wrong, but he was still a child of God. Thy Shall Not Kill !!!

  • anonymous posted at 5:38 pm on Sun, Jun 21, 2009.

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    The store owner is a HERO! He was protecting his employees, customers and his property. He had every right to do what he did, and I wish more people had the courage to defend what's theirs. He kept this thug from future armed robberies in Clarksdale and possibly taking an innocent life. To Loving Cali ... your heart goes out to the robber's family and your prayers are with them? I hate that it had to come to this and that it had to happen, but what about the store owner, the employees and customers? Their lives were threatened by this thug who chose to live that type of lifestyle himself. That was his choice and he did not think of the consequences that his actions might cause. I understand losing a family member is not easy, but where was this mother when her son was putting a gun to people's heads? I think the actions of children partly fall on their parents and the way they were raised. MY PRAYERS AND MY HEART go out to the store owner, employees and customers who had to go through this awful, traumatic ordeal.

  • anonymous posted at 8:20 am on Sun, Jun 21, 2009.

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    Good for you Mr. store owner.I was robbed at gun point once and I wish I had a gun to kill the thug.But I do now and I think everyone should own a gun especially if you live in the sorry town of Clarksdale.They're already killing one another and if we could take a few out every once in a while maybe just maybe cdale will go back to the way it was 20 years ago.

  • anonymous posted at 6:44 am on Sun, Jun 21, 2009.

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    Well another one bites the dust..Kudos to the store owner!! He handled his business, and I don't blame him. This man had the audacity, to go in his business and try to rob him!!! Let this be a lesson learned for all the thugs, druggies, and prostitutes in Clarksdale!MAYBE ALL DECENT CITIZENS (IF THERE ARE ANY LEFT) IN CLARKSDALE SHOULD START PACKING PISTOLS!!!Thank God I've left the hell hole!

  • anonymous posted at 6:32 am on Sun, Jun 21, 2009.

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    TO MELONIECE: Don't try to justify anything by saying, " IT'S HARD TO FIND A JOB".... PLEASE SAVE IT! If you're so broke to the point where all you can pull out of your pockets is lint that still doesn't give you the right to STEAL or KILL!! The hoodlums and thugs have taken over, and people are fed up!

  • anonymous posted at 6:17 am on Sun, Jun 21, 2009.

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    To the doctor: What does one political party have to with anything??

  • anonymous posted at 5:50 pm on Sat, Jun 20, 2009.

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    You are some sick redneck,It is NEVER good when some one get kill

  • Grid Iron posted at 4:51 pm on Sat, Jun 20, 2009.

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    Why do we need police any more? For that matter why do we need a Mayor or commissioners when we can handle our own matters. Next election I say we reduce the police department, change the Mayor and Board of Commissioners to just a mayor and volunteer staff and maybe then we can have cheaper car tags and property taxes here in Clarksdale.

  • anonymous posted at 2:20 pm on Sat, Jun 20, 2009.

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    I know this family (of the suspect) and my heart goes out to them. I remember him as a child and I can not fathom such a horrific ordeal bought upon the victims in that drug store. My prayers are with Marilyn Barron( suspect's mom) and her family.

  • anonymous posted at 10:28 am on Sat, Jun 20, 2009.

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    Well maybe these thugs will slow down and maybe stop trying to take what is not theirs. That is what everything is coming to around here and everywhere. You have to look out for yourself these days.

  • anonymous posted at 8:18 am on Sat, Jun 20, 2009.

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    Good Job!!!!! Pharmacy owner, maybe this will teach the other thugs in that community a lesson!! CONGRATULATIONS

  • anonymous posted at 3:55 am on Sat, Jun 20, 2009.

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    It's about time the people of Clarksdale stepped up and defended themselves. This crook got what he deserved. All the store owner did was save the county some money (no trial).Now we will get to hear all the bleeding heart liberals moan about how he did not have to die. Of course he did not, but he also did not have to take what DID NOT BELONG TO HIM!!!!!!!!!

  • anonymous posted at 6:15 pm on Fri, Jun 19, 2009.

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    If more people would take care of business like this Clarksdale would be a better place to live. It's sad that it came to this but this is what its going to take to stop the crime in Clarksdale.

  • anonymous posted at 5:25 pm on Fri, Jun 19, 2009.

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    about time people who work start fighting back against these gun stealing, gun toting thugs who want to take what you work for!!!! The robber got what he deserved.

  • anonymous posted at 3:52 pm on Fri, Jun 19, 2009.

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  • anonymous posted at 12:52 pm on Fri, Jun 19, 2009.

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    Nice shot. Maybe some of them will learn. Too bad he died but take notice criminals, YOU could be next.

  • anonymous posted at 12:41 pm on Fri, Jun 19, 2009.

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    Why does all these crimes keep happening in Clarkdale? When is these young black mens going to stop robbing fokes and get a job?

  • anonymous posted at 12:39 pm on Fri, Jun 19, 2009.

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    Well, well, well, justice prevailed. To the store owner: I'm not mad at you. I applaud what you did. I have been the victim of a robbery, and that thug could have very well taken your life or your employee's life or your customers life. Please don't have any regrets for what you did. He made the decision to go into your establishment and rob. I know you are a devout christian man, but mercy had ran out on this one. Justice took over. I as a christian will probably get alot of negative remarks on this site for saying what I said, but you did what you had to do. The bible says: if you live by the sword, you'll die by the sword. He chose to die the way he did. I feel bad that another person has entered into judgement, unprepared to meet his God. He was a careless soul. Don't you live in guilt or fear, for God watches over you and yours. I had a gun stuck in the back of my neck, and in my forehead, that could have gone off accidently or on purpose. Either way I would have been gone. So I say I salute you, not for te deed, but have courage to defend yourself. To his family: I am sorry he chose to go the way he did. No mother should have to go through what you are going through Marilyn, but it is what it is.Don't harbor no ill feelings toward this man, because he could have very well taken several people lives over something that wasn't his to began with. Again i'm sorry for your loss.

  • anonymous posted at 10:31 am on Fri, Jun 19, 2009.

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    You feel bad for the guy's family but I'm glad to see people starting to fight back against the crime takeover, maybe the criminals will start to think about their consequences before robbing & stealing. Way to go, store owner!!!

  • anonymous posted at 10:20 am on Fri, Jun 19, 2009.

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    I have been a customer of Medi-Center, for years also, even as a child this drug store was where we went for all medications.. And like the someone said earlier, it's sad that you have to worry and fear for your safety, while trying to make a honest living. This man got what he deserved, sadly to say.. If he wanted money, why didn't he find a job and make his OWN money?? Instead he goes to someone's business, and tries to take what they have THAT'S NOT FAIR!! As an Afircan-American, it's sad to see our race, at the top of all crimes that happen in Clarksdale. WHEN I DID reside in Clarksdale, it would be a risk to even go out and empty your own trash at night, and even when I rode through certain neighborhoods, the first thing I did was lock my doors and hide my purse for fear of being jacked! I support the owner all the way!! Not only was he defending his business, but he was defending the customers and himself..........Next week, we'll be reading in the paper about yet ANOTHER crime in Clarksdale.. Sad.

  • anonymous posted at 10:01 am on Fri, Jun 19, 2009.

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    Justice served. Next!

  • anonymous posted at 9:58 am on Fri, Jun 19, 2009.

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    I have been going to this drug store for over 20 years, and the owner did what he had to do. It is a shame that a hard working person has to worry about getting rob or possibly getting killed trying to make a living for their family. I am a black woman and i am ashame of the way my black race behaves. To the owner i am behind you 100% . Don't feel bad, because you did nothing wrong. We love you. And you still have my business.

  • anonymous posted at 9:22 am on Fri, Jun 19, 2009.

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  • anonymous posted at 8:57 am on Fri, Jun 19, 2009.

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    He tried to rob the wrong store!

  • anonymous posted at 8:28 am on Fri, Jun 19, 2009.

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    It is sad that a man had to lose his life. However, since I work in a drug store downtown, I now feel a little safer knowing that man will not be robbing our drug store.

  • anonymous posted at 7:29 am on Fri, Jun 19, 2009.

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    It does my mind good that some people are getting fed up and tired of these thugs that WILL NOT WORK an on drugs robbing and stealing from everyone to send the message that we are tired of it !! I think he got what he deserved!! Now let a few more people stand up for their rights and protect themselves such as tne store owner did and maby just maby the thugs will get the message!!!!!