Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds shopkeeper fights off armed robber

A shopkeeper has spoken about fighting off an armed robber at his off-licence in West Yorkshire.

A masked man confronted Mike Komorowski at his shop on King Lane, Alwoodley, Leeds, and pointed a gun in his face.

CCTV shows Mr Komorowski attempting to grab the weapon before chasing the empty-handed robber down the street. The thief was never caught.

Mr Komorowski said: "I made a decision, thankfully it was the right one at the time. It could have gone a lot worse."

West Yorkshire Police said the shopkeeper's actions were "extremely brave", but they urged anyone in similar situations to dial 999 rather than risk their own safety.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information about the incident, on 18 June, to come forward.

Describing the incident, Mr Komorowski said: "I've got the adrenalin pumping and I'm seeing a gun and a masked bandit staring at me and I thought, 'well, I have come this far, I'll go a little bit further and try and grab the gun off him'.

"I quickly yell at him at the top of my voice, 'give me that', and he bolts for the door and I try and bolt after him.

"I don't know what was going through my head other than, 'how dare you stick a gun in my face'."

A police spokesman said: "While the actions of the shopkeeper in confronting the suspect were extremely brave we do not encourage people to risk their own safety and would always advise ringing the police."

He said the robber was thought to have left the area in a black Ford Focus which was driven by an accomplice and seen heading towards the A6120, the Leeds ring road.

Witnesses have been urged to contact Killingbeck CID.

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