An area man shot an alleged robber as he fled the scene at an Anniston restaurant Friday evening.

Anniston Police Chief Shane Denham said 20-year-old Malachi Hicks was in stable condition at UAB Hospital after he was shot multiple times for allegedly robbing Betty’s Bar-B-Q on South Quintard around 8:59 p.m. Friday. No other injuries were reported.

Denham said he was not yet ready to release the name of the man who shot the suspect.

Denham said Hicks was apparently lying in wait as employees were closing the restaurant for the evening. Hicks was armed with a .22 caliber pistol, Denham said.

“He forced his way into the back of the business and got that night’s proceeds,” Denham said.

Denham said that as the crime occurred, one employee ran out the front of the business to where his parents were parked to pick him up. Upon hearing of the robbery, the employee’s father grabbed a .45 caliber pistol, confronted Hicks behind the building, then shot him multiple times.

“He was not able to get very far,” Denham said. “We were able to retrieve the gun and money less than a block away.”

Denham said once Hicks has recovered enough, he will be charged with armed robbery.

Denham said no charges had been filed against the shooter.

“We will be consulting the district attorney to make that determination,” he said.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.

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