Businessman Rethinks Fatal Shooting

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Payday loan dealer Bill Pittman says he didn't have time to think when he shot and killed 22-two-year-old James Timmons to halt a robbery.

Police say Timmons died Tuesday after he was shot during a robbery attempt at Pittman's Cash-N-A-Dash on Old Pascagoula Road
in Tillman's Corner.

Timmons' alleged accomplice, 18-year-old Durrell Smith, fled the robbery scene but was caught a short time later and charged with
first-degree robbery.

Pittman says firing his gun was "stupid." He says he should have followed the advice he gives to his employees: Give up the money and live another day.

Police have refused to release any details about how they believe the shooting took place. No charges were filed against the business owner.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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