Ice cream store manager kills robber Friday, Sep 07, 2007 - 01:16 AM Article Tools Email a FriendEmail a Friend RSSRSS digg itdigg it Printer FriendlyPrinter Friendly Mobile AlertsMobile Alerts Sphere IT deliciousSave This Page By JIM NOLAN TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER A man who robbed a South Richmond Baskin-Robbins ice-cream store with a fake gun Thursday night was shot to death by the store's gun-wielding manager. The fatal shooting occurred just after 9 p.m. at the store, in the 6900 block of Forest Hill Avenue. Richmond police said the suspect entered the store brandishing a BB gun that looked like a semiautomatic weapon and demanded money. After a clerk handed over cash, police said, the store manager grabbed a semiautomatic handgun from behind the counter and fired multiple times at the thief, striking him at least once as he fled. A police K-9 unit followed a trail roughly 100 yards through a wooded area behind the store to the 2900 block of Cherokee Road. Officers found the bleeding man lying on the ground in front of what is believed to be his residence, with cash police think was taken from the store. The man was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he died a short time later. Police identified the dead man as Jerome Davis, 43, of 2916 Cherokee Road. Investigators said the suspect had been released from prison roughly nine months ago after doing time for robbery. Police spokeswoman Cynthia Price said investigators will consult with the Richmond commonwealth's attorney's office to determine whether charges are warranted in connection with the shooting. Thursday night's robbery was not the first time that blood has been spilled at that Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors Ice Cream parlor. Back in 1991, store owner John Roberson was shot in the elbow in the parking lot of the eatery during an attempted robbery. Roberson has owned the store for more than 35 years and is known in the neighborhood for the humorous messages that appear on the signboard outside his business. Contact Jim Nolan at (804) 649-6061 or [email protected].