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Woman Saved During Kroger Robbery Sues


No good deed goes unpunished.

A woman who was held at gunpoint in an Indianapolis Kroger store is suing the grocery chain and the former manager who shot the robber, saving her life.

The shooting happened Dec. 26, 2011, when robber Jeremy Atkinson fought with a security guard and held a gun to the head of employee Christine Nelson inside the Kroger store at 71st Street and Georgetown Road.

Then-manager Elijah Elliott, who was carrying a gun at the time, in violation of Kroger policy, shot Atkinson three times, killing him. Nelson was unhurt.

In the lawsuit, Nelson contends she suffered "extreme mental anguish and emotional distress" and was endangered by the fatal shooting.

Elliott resigned after the shooting, acknowledging he violated Kroger's policy barring employees from having weapons on company property. Prosecutors did not file charges against him.

There is also another lawsuit that has been filed.

Atkinson's mother, Toni Atkinson, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Kroger.