DOTHAN, Ala. — An attempted robbery of members of a Dothan Church came to a screeching halt Sunday night when an armed church staffer fired upon the suspect as he tried to escape.
26-year-old Steffon Parreese Valentez Tolver allegedly stole $50 from a member of Crossroads Baptist Church before trying to rob a staffer. When Tolver made his attempt, the staffer shot him in the chest with his handgun. Tolver then fled out the back door of the church to the parking lot where he was later declared dead by the Houston County Coroner.
The Dothan Police Department is still investigating the case.
According to a report from the Dothan Eagle, Tolver had a previous criminal history in Alabama. In 2011, Tolver pled guilty to a first-degree robbery charge and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The church staffer killed Tolver with a handgun of unknown make and model. U.S. Federal Courts have only recently guaranteed the individual right to own a handgun. In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the right to own a handgun is constitutionally protected, and it incorporated that right against the states in 2010.
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