88-year-old liquor store owner charged with assault for shooting robber


An 88-year-old liquor store owner was arrested for shooting a robbery suspect. Owner May Boyce was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a man allegedly lunged at her while trying to steal from her.

“I did what I had to do, and I hope word gets out on the street that I’m fed up and I’m not taking it anymore,” May Boyce told the New York Post after she was released on $10,000 bond. “You’ve got to stick up for yourself sometimes.”

Boyce said that she has been robbed multiple times while working at her shop, Murfreesboro Road Liquor and Wines, but said the past four years have been especially bad.

This was in the blue city of Nashville, Tennessee.

The five-foot-three, 115-pound widow was at work on June 16 when two men came into the store, the New York Post reported.

One of the men walked behind the counter and began helping himself to bottles, while the second man approached her “in a manner that she knew” indicated he was planning to steal from her, The Charlotte Observer reported.

Undeterred, Boyce grabbed the .38 Smith & Wesson snub-nose revolver that had belonged to her mother and placed the gun on the counter, according to the New York Post.

While they were “grabbing me some liquor,” she confronted them and Ramon Fisher lunged at her.

She believed he was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol. As he ran out, she aimed at the ground and fired.

“Ms. Boyce stated that she pointed the gun towards the ground, in the victim’s direction, and fired once,” police said in the arrest affidavit, according to The Charlotte Observer. “The victim yelled out that he had been shot and fell into a stack of bottles.”


He ended up in the hospital and confessed, but later recanted. Now he’s trying to say there was a third person, but there is no evidence there was a third person.

While she doesn’t regret defending herself, she won’t have a gun for at least a couple of years. As she said, “might be dead by then.”

Ms. Boyce said she only fired to frighten Fisher and the other criminal.

There are no available photos of the perps because the media protects them. There is no word if they were arrested yet or will be arrested.



  1. May was not aware that crime and mayhem are the new black entitlement. This is not going to end well as people are getting very,very angry.

      • Nabi Rasch-“They’ll continue to be outraged on their laptops.”

        Agreed, for the time being anyway. But here is how I believe this will play out should this thuggery not settle down.

        At some point somewhere in this country a group of vigilantes will form and very quietly begin identifying and “dispatching” the thugs. This will happen without any threats or fanfare or warnings. The bad guys will simply start showing up dead. No one will take credit but in a short while it will become evident what is going on and that will set in motion other similar groups across the Nation as Americans finally fed up with the inaction of their Government decide to take back their streets.

        Think this is far fetched? Wait and see.

  2. ABSOLUTELY & THOROUGHLY INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If the man is FOOL ENOUGH TO ATTACK AN OLDER WOMAN….(ESPECIALLY ONE WITH A GUN)..too BLIK’IN BAD if she is “locked’N loaded!!! He’s CLEARLY earned the HURT!!!

    NOTICE that he’s claiming GHOSTS were there…(OBVIOUSLY his COKE habit had kicked in BEFORE she administered the SOLUTION to the PROBLEM)…

    BUT! She’s CORRECT….he AND his thug buddies WILL BE BACK…(AFTER he gets his $100,000 in compensation & Hospital costs from her)!!! Such is the WAYS of this WORLD of “DemWITZ”!!!

  3. When moments count, police are only minutes away, maybe, that is if the Democrats don’t defund them or run them off by prosecuting them for doing their job and protecting us.

    • It’s always been hit or miss whether they come or not. They bring a dicey random factor to any altercation, too.

      • “Dicey” to say the least. I personally would feel safer in an “old West” -style society where armed citizens looked out for one another and the nearest “lawman” was three counties away.

        Nowadays we see who “the law” sides with — they turn the perpetrators into victims and the victims into the criminals.

  4. Granny git yer gun! We now live a world where violent criminals are not charged with crimes, but people who defend themselves from those criminals are. The world is upside down.

  5. Never admit to shooting to scare. You shoot because you fear for your life. Otherwise the criminal will be testifying against you in court.

  6. Every thing is backwards. The people in a position to stop this are cowards or holding those who would act back. This should have been stopped the first night. None care about blacks, just power.

  7. There are 3 sets of law in this country….1 for politicians and elites….1 for law abiding citizens….and 1 for black criminals. They cannot conform to our society and laws so let`s end this 150 year old failed experiment.

  8. If she fired at him as he was leaving the store he was no longer a threat and not a justifiable shooting. Not my rule–it is the law.

  9. An 88 year old woman has to prove somehow that she feared for her life? Is the DA crazy? His name is Glenn Funk. And he is supposedly against violent crime. I guess he thinks the 88 year old is the violent criminal. Give him a call, let him know how you feel.

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  10. As far as I’m concerned, relations between whites and blacks had improved immensely over the past couple of decades and it wasn’t a black vs. white thing but rather, a left vs. Right thing. But if this stuff keeps progressing, we’re going to have the whites and blacks at each others throats……which is EXACTLY what the fascist left wants……………..To those of you who are uncertain about what you see happening in America….you’re seeing the beginnings of the new Venezuela; the country that had the best economy in South America for decades but is now a place where residents are eating their pets for lack of food and are trying to flee that country because of socialism. This November, VOTE CONSERVATIVE!!!

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