The reason Medawars Jewelery store was armed and able to repel a group of masked robbers yesterday was because it had happened before, less than four years ago.

Paul Medawar and his son David determined they would never be victims again, and went though firearms training.

When one of yesterday's four robbers pointed a gun at them, David told WOOD TV that he and his father both shot.

Nobody from the store was hurt, but deputies believe one of the would-be robbers was hit. All four ran off.

Much later in the afternoon yesterday, three men robbed a jewelry store clear across the state, in West Bloomfield. Detectives cannot say if there's a connection.