Robbery victim opens fire on suspects

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 1:19pm
Staff reports

Metro Police say Arnie Cosby, 65, who has a valid handgun carry permit, fired shots at two suspects, one a convicted felon and the other carrying a shotgun, who allegedly attempted to rob him and another man just after midnight outside Bud’s Market at 1601 Buchanan St.

Convicted felon Demetris Parrish, 20, and Martez Dotson, 19, who was allegedly armed with a shotgun, approached the victims and demanded their belongings, according to police witness accounts. After Cosby opened fire, the two fled in a grey Dodge Avenger.

A short time later, officers responded to Skyline Medical Center where both Parrish and Dotson were located, police said. Parrish had been shot in the leg. The shotgun believed to have been used in the robbery was recovered from the getaway vehicle’s trunk, police said.

Parish, of 26th Avenue North, and Dotson, of Whorley Court, are each charged with two counts of attempted aggravated robbery. Parrish, who has two aggravated assault convictions, is being held in lieu of $200,000 bond. Dotson, who has a drug possession conviction, is being held on $150,000 bond.

In a related arrest, North Precinct Patrol Officer Wes Terry spotted a suspicious car parked near Bud’s Market after the robbery attempt. Officer Terry approached the vehicle and during his investigation learned the front seat passenger was murder suspect Cordarrel Lee Buford, who is now charged in the April 12 shooting death of a man on 25th Avenue North, police said.

Officers had been seeking Buford, 21, since swearing out a warrant against him April 13 as the suspect in the homicide of Lawrence Mason. Buford, a convicted robber, was also in possession of a loaded semi-automatic pistol at the time of this morning’s arrest.

Photos of Dotson and Parish are being withheld pending lineups in similar cases.


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11 Comments on this post:

By: PYRO on 7/6/09 at 1:26

Good shot!

By: Cookie47 on 7/6/09 at 1:41

Mr. Cosby, thank you!!!


By: Dragon on 7/7/09 at 7:16

Here is a prime example of why concealed carry permits are good. Citizens should be allowed to protect themselves. Bravo, Mr. Cosby.

By: Kosh III on 7/7/09 at 7:43

Why were any of these people out of jail?

We don't need everyone carrying, we need swift trials and guaranteed sentences for a loooooooooooooooooog time in solitary confinement.

By: Cookie47 on 7/7/09 at 7:53

Excellent question, Kosh. Unfortunately, the only answer is a very broken, over-crowded system.

In a perfect world, "guaranteed sentences for a loooooooooong time" would do the trick. Unfortunately, again, this isn't a perfect world so I'll continue to carry and hope I don't have to draw my gun much less shoot someone.


By: Kosh III on 7/7/09 at 8:54

cookie, one "broken" component is that people will not pay the cost for prisons. It might raise taxes.
The world doesn't have to be perfect. Eliminate plea bargains, eliminate parole. Eliminate anything in prisons beyond a cell and food and excellent library and physical exercise.

By: Cookie47 on 7/7/09 at 9:04

Well, what do you know, Kosh, I agree with you!!! We should eliminate all those.

Another thing is people don't want the prison in their back yard.


By: millenboy on 7/7/09 at 9:09

Kosh III
Why were any of these people out of jail?

We don't need everyone carrying, we need swift trials and guaranteed sentences for a loooooooooooooooooog time in solitary confinement.


The police have no duty to protect. They only bag the innocent bodies and chase the criminal after the fact.

The trial judges correctly dismissed both complaints. In a carefully reasoned Memorandum Opinion, Judge Hannon based his decision in No. 79-6 on "the fundamental principle that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any particular individual citizen." See p. 4, infra. The duty to provide public services is owed to the public at large, and, absent a special relationship between the police and an individual, no specific legal duty exists. Holding that no special relationship existed between the police and appellants in No. 79-6, Judge Hannon concluded that no specific legal duty existed. We hold that Judge Hannon was correct and adopt the relevant portions of his opinion. Those portions appear in the following Appendix.[fn1]

By: Kosh III on 7/7/09 at 9:23


Maybe instead of prison, we could go back to other methods: put these monsters in stocks for a week with no supervision over what might be inflicted upon them, and if anything is left of them after the week, they are free to go, with the proviso that they cannot seek medical attention for another week, nor get govt assistance ever.

By: Cookie47 on 7/7/09 at 9:32

Kosh, I'll have to admit I'm a little shocked to read this from you. Are you sure you want to deal with the ACLU? Other than having to deal with those morons, I think the stocks are a great idea with a sign stating their crimes and perhaps a basket of rotten tomatoes next to it for throwing as well.


By: P51Jock on 7/7/09 at 12:27

"allegedly attempted to rob him"...", who was allegedly armed with a shotgun" thing is for sure...the bullet fired by Mr. Cosby was real...Bud's Market sounds like a target rich environment for gun enthusiests.