Report: Store manager says he didn’t tell clerk to get her gun

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The convenience store manager who got into a fight with a fleeing beer theft suspect told police he didn’t tell the store clerk to get her gun, according to the arrest report for that clerk.

Suse Antunez-Garcia, 26, is facing a murder charge after shooting 56-year-old Robert Lee Cook two times as he attempted to get into a car with beer cases he allegedly stole.

According to the arrest report, the store manager told police he followed Cook and a female suspect outside the store after witnessing them stealing beer. He did say he asked Antunez-Garcia to follow him out but he didn’t know she was armed.

The manager got into a brief scuffle with Cook as he attempted to get into a waiting car. Cook broke away and was getting into the car when he was shot in the lower back and leg. Cook was dropped off at University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, the report said.

The store manager told police he never saw a weapon on Cook and didn’t initially know who fired the shots from behind him.

Antunez-Garcia appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court Tuesday morning where she was freed on house arrest and electronic monitoring pending her next court hearing.

Antunez-Garcia stood in shackles Tuesday before a Las Vegas judge who assigned defense attorney JoNell Thomas to represent her on a murder charge in the killing of Cook.

Some of Cook’s family members were in the courtroom.

Thomas declined to comment outside court.

Judge Joe M. Bonaventure noted that Antunez-Garcia posted $10,000 bail. He set a May 1 preliminary hearing of evidence.

Police say Antunez-Garcia shot Cook on Friday after Cook and a woman allegedly took several cases of beer and scuffled with a store manager before fleeing in a vehicle.

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