A man who was shot by a convenience store clerk as he stole $36 in beer has died, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Rennie Defoe, Jr. died at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center on Saturday afternoon. The clerk who shot him, Mehedeun Hasan, is now charged with second-degree murder. He was in the Polk County Jail held without bail on Monday.
The shooting occurred Tuesday after Defoe stole $36 worth of Natural Ice beer from the store.
Hasan, 22, and his father Q M Monsur Rahman, 61, were behind the counter of the Shell gas station they co-own when Defoe walked in about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday.
Defoe, 43, went to the refrigerator and took three 18 packs of Natural Ice beer. As he approached the door, Hasan and Rahman realized he was stealing the beer and the son headed for the office to retrieve a gun.
Defoe tossed the beer in the passenger seat of his 2005 Toyota Camry and started to back out. Hasan ran out of the office, stumbled and dropped the 9-mm gun.
The owners of the convenience store at 125 Combee Road N then ran outside and the son pressed the barrel of the gun against the window.
As Defoe backed out, Hasan shot into the window and struck the driver once. Defoe drove off and crashed soon after.
Hasan was arrested the next day.