CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Logan County man was killed outside a Walmart store after he allegedly attempted to rob another man with a knife. The would-be victim now faces murder charges after he shot the alleged robber dead.
Shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, David Abbott, 37, of Chapmanville approached a man outside the Walmart store in the Fountain Place shopping center on Corridor G, according to Police Chief E.K. Harper of the Logan City Police Department.
Abbott threatened Jesus Canul, 26, of Logan, with a knife and attempted to rob him, according to Harper.
Sometime during the confrontation, Canul pulled out a firearm and shot Abbott in the head, Harper said.
The confrontation took place right outside the front door of the store, the chief said. Abbott ran into the store after he was shot, and collapsed inside the store, he said.
Emergency personnel were called, but Abbott died on the way to the hospital, Harper said.
"Don't bring a knife to a gun fight," the chief said.
Canul now faces murder charges, he said. He said Canul did have a legal permit to carry the firearm.
Abbott had been held at South Central Regional Jail in 2009 on misdemeanor charges, but it was not immediately clear Monday night what those charges were.
Canul had been dropped off near the Walmart's front door by someone else, and was headed inside the store to cash a check, the city officer said.
The Logan Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident, Harper said.
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