BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. — Police say a man who was fatally shot while trying to rob a pizza business in northeast Arkansas had produced what turned out to be a BB gun before being shot by a store employee.

Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson says 53-year-old Thomas “Tony” Price of Little Rock was shot to death about 10:30 p.m. Sunday while attempting to rob Domino’s Pizza.

Thompson said at a Monday news conference that Price entered the store, asked for the manager, then pulled out a handgun. The chief says an armed employee then shot Price, who was found dead at the scene.

Thompson says Price’s weapon functioned like a semi-automatic handgun, but turned out to be a BB gun.

Thompson said Price’s body was sent to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

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