An 88-year-old Nashville woman shot a suspected thief at her Murfreesboro Pike liquor store last Tuesday.
The woman said Monday that people nationwide are congratulating her.
“I am very humbled to the reception I have received from the neighborhood and all over the country. I just am so thankful,” May Boyce told The Tennessee Star.
“They tell me to take care of myself — and they also tell me that I should have finished him off.”
Members of the Metro Nashville Police tweeted Boyce’s photo last week. They reported that Boyce is free on $10,000 bond on a charge of aggravated assault for shooting an unidentified man at her Murfreesboro Road Liquor and Wines store. Police said Boyce thought the man — accompanied by another man — was stealing.
May Boyce is free on $10,000 bond on a charge of aggravated assault for shooting a man Tuesday night who she thought was a thief in her Murfreesboro Pike liquor store. The victim is recovering. pic.twitter.com/WUnZYZ6z80
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) June 18, 2020
But Boyce said she disputes that account.
“I did not think they were stealing. I saw them stealing,” Boyce said, adding one of the men tried to steal two-fifths of Crown Royal.
“That is one thing I want to be corrected.”
The man Boyce shot, police said, continues to recover from his wounds.
“It did happen. I am sorry it did. But that’s the position I am in right now,” Boyce said.
“I just didn’t want them to steal anymore from me because they have already robbed me blind as it is. When he lunged at me, I thought ‘No more.’ Because it hasn’t been all that long, maybe a month ago, that this occurred and they tried to steal two cases and knock me down. All of that stuff. I guess that was the stopping point.”
Boyce said she feels “95 percent it has happened before by him.” She also said she’s called police about the problem many times.
“All they did was just come out and write it up,” Boyce said.
Did Boyce tell the customer in question that he was no longer welcome at his store?
“No. They don’t give you time before to say anything,” Boyce said.
“They run in, and then they grab and run.”
Boyce said she’s managed the store since 1994.
“Criminals get away with whatever,” Boyce said,
“And that is not right for anybody to take that. And that’s where I felt like the justice system should be out here and feel some of the problems that we are having.”
Boyce did not comment on her current legal situation.
Boyce said she feels safe and is not afraid. She also said she doesn’t see herself retiring anytime soon.
“In the near future I hope to, but right now I have too many problems to square away,” Boyce said.
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