Employee helps customers during Double Eagle Pawn Shop stand-off

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by HONORA SWANSON & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 11:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- During Friday’s stand-off at the Double Eagle Pawn Shop one of the employees helped get customers out safely.

Spokane Police rushed to the store after hearing there was an armed man inside who fired a gun and possibly taking hostages.

It was pure luck that Daniel Finklestein was there. He wasn’t even working that day. He was just there to pick up his paycheck.

Finklestein said he saw the unusual commotion outside. Then he said he heard a shot. Finklestein said he armed himself and walked inside.

“I went into the pawn shop. Kept his attention long enough to tell everybody that was in there to get out and leave, it was safe. People started putting their hands up walking toward me, I started grabbing them and pushing them out the door behind me and once the last person was out I hollered out to make sure everybody else was out. I backed out of the building myself and went for cover,” said Finklestein. 

Finklestein said he has had some military and police experience and relied on that to get him through.  He said he’s glad he was able to help resolve the situation peacefully.

“I wasn’t in there to start a gun battle, I wasn’t in there to do anything crazy or be a hero. I went in there to make sure my friends and the customers that were in there got out safe,” said Finklestein.

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