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Convenience store clerk fatally shoots suspect wielding toy gun during robbery in Orange

The suspect was fatally shot by the clerk after he entered the store brandishing what appeared to be a weapon and demanding money.

ORANGE — Police are investigating after a convenience store clerk in Orange shot and killed a robbery suspect early Monday morning.

William Jerome Broughton, 55, of Orange, was fatally wounded after he entered a convenience store in Orange brandishing a toy gun and demanded money, according to a the Orange Police Department.

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Officers responded to the scene of the robbery at the Crawdad's convenience store near the intersection of Bancroft Road and MLK Drive in Orange at about 2:15 a.m., according to the release.

During the robbery the 39-year-old clerk used his personal handgun to shoot the suspect who was found dead a short distance from the store, according to the release.

The clerk told police that he feared for his life and police say the shooting appears to be self-defense.

Police are investigating the incident as an aggravated robbery resulting in death.

This is a developing story. We will update with more as soon as we receive confirmed information.