May Boyce Nashville liquor store owner charged with aggravated assault after shooting Ramon Fisher who she believed was in the process of robbing her.
May Boyce, 88, the owner of Murfreesboro Road Liquor and Wines in Nashville, TN, was arrested after the shooting incident which took place Tuesday at about 8.46pm.
Boyce – who has since been freed on a $10,000 bond – was charged with aggravated assault after she shot Ramon Fisher because she thought he and another man were trying to rob her store.
Boyce told cops that Fisher and the other man had entered the store and had gone to where the vodka was located, WKRN reported.
She claimed the other man – who was not identified – then approached her counter in a way that suggested that he and Fisher intended to steal from her, so she picked up her gun and placed it next to the register.
She then said that she slowly unwrapped the cloth that she kept the gun in.
Boyce then said that the man asked for brown liquor and that Fisher went to take two bottles, at which point Boyce – believing Fisher was going to steal the liquor – went to the opening in her counter to face off with him.
She said that Fisher lunged at her, leading her to think he was going to push her, and ran off towards the exit.
At that point, Boyce said that she stepped out from behind the counter, told Fisher to stop and pointed the gun at the ground in his direction, pulling the trigger once.
Fisher then apparently fell onto a stack of bottles, yelling that he’d been shot, before the other man helped him out the door.
Police said that while they interviewed a medicated Fisher at the hospital after the shooting, he said that he had been drinking and using cocaine.
Fisher then allegedly said he and three friends had gone to Boyce’s store, intending to steal liquor, and that while he had been trying to steal the liquor, Boyce shot him in the back. At no point was it reported that the men had been acting with intent to harm the store owner.
Victim changes story, denies ever intending to steal
Police said that the next day, Fisher denied intending to steal the liquor.
Instead, he said that the other man – who Fisher called ‘One Eye’ – had told him that he was going to pay for the liquor and to take it the dailymail reports.
Fisher also claimed that he had been walking, not running, towards the exit when he was shot. After falling, he said that he was carried out of the store and ran until an uninvolved third person picked him up.
The Nashville Police Department tweeted that Fisher is recovering.
The man’s race was not identified.
A man claiming to be a regular customer of Boyce’s defended her, posting on Facebook that her store was robbed two months prior and that she had been assaulted in the process.
He said that she had been pushed down and has had to wear a wrist brace on a daily basis since then.