Shawnee gun shop co-owner says husband saved her life - KCTV5 News

Shawnee gun shop co-owner says husband saved her life

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Although tragic, Beck Bieker says her husband saved her life because he carried a firearm. Although tragic, Beck Bieker says her husband saved her life because he carried a firearm.
SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -

Friends, family and neighbors are saddened and in shock, mourning the loss of a Shawnee gun shop owner, as his wife continues to recover from an unspeakable crime.

Although tragic, Beck Bieker says her husband saved her life because he carried a firearm.

"Guns are not evil. I would not be able to make this statement if private citizens such as (Jon) and I were banned from owning them. Please respect my husband's memory by refusing to turn this tragedy into a political statement in support of banning firearms," she said in a written statement.

Jon Bieker was fatally shot, and his wife was punched in the face about 2:10 p.m. Friday when four men tried to rob She's A Pistol, a store which specializes in providing personal protection to women.

Jon Bieker managed to shoot three of the suspects. One of the injured suspects fled along with the getaway driver. Police said they arrested those two as they tried to gain entry at a nearby home.

"Thank you to my friends, family and community for their love, prayers and support during this very difficult time. I have lost my husband in this senseless murder," Becky Bieker said.

Friends and family are now surrounding Becky Bieker with love and support.

"He was a loving, protective husband, a fun-loving friend, and a brother loved dearly. He was always there to help his mom and family," his grieving sister, Andrea Smith, wrote in a text message to KCTV5's Nathan Vickers. "The family is grieving and missing him greatly. His death has left a huge hole in our lives."

The botched robbery shook Shawnee and prompted lockdowns at nearby schools and City Hall. The business is located at 5725 Nieman Rd.

Authorities now say the robbery could be connected to more crime, demonstrated by frightening surveillance video. Police say an early morning hold up on Friday in Kansas City, KS, is one of five armed robberies in the area that could be connected.

The co-owners of She's A Pistol were well-known to those in the area and the news of the shooting came as a shock. And as the community struggles to make sense of it all, Councilwoman Michelle Distler believes investigators will bring justice.

"It's just a senseless tragedy. He died while devoting his life to teaching others how to defend themselves," Distler said. "Jon was one of the nicest people you'd ever meet in your life."

Murder charges could be filed on Monday against the suspects.

Distler has confidence that justice will be served.

"It is my expectation that the legal system will prevail and not let them get away with this," Distler said.

Becky Bieker has been discharged from the hospital. Two of the suspects are in fair condition at Overland Park Regional Hospital. One had been listed on Friday in critical condition. A third suspect remains hospitalized at the University of Kansas City Hospital.

Jon Bieker's family are now planning his funeral.

A GoFundme.com account has been created to assist with store expenses, including cleanup, repairs and other business expenses related to the crime. Click here for more information or visit http://www.gofundme.com/jzjvjo.

Donations can also be made at any US Bank for Becky Bieker/She's a Pistol.

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