One suspect has appeared in court and another was released from the hospital following a robbery attempt in Shawnee that ended with the death of a Gardner man last week.
Jon Bieker, Gardner, and his wife, Becky were in the store when armed robbers stormed into She’s A Pistol, a Shawnee gun store. When police arrived at the scene, four people had been shot, including Bieker, a co-owner of the store that specializes in teaching females self defense.
Three of the suspects were shot as Jon protected his wife. Becky was punched, and Jon was shot. He later died at the hospital.
In a statement, Becky said Jon saved her life.
“I have lost my husband in this senseless murder. Although tragic, he saved my life because he carried a firearm,” she wrote.
Hakeem Malik, 18; Nicquan Midgyett, 19; DeAnthony Wiley, 19; and Londro Patterson III, 19; have been charged with first degree murder in Jon’s death.
Malik appeared in Johnson County court on Jan. 12. He requested a court appointed attorney. Investigators believe he was driving a get-away vehicle during the robbery as he was the sole suspect who wasn’t injured. He is being held in Johnson County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.
The other three were hospitalized, but Midgyett has been released and is in Johnson County Jail.
Online, a Go Fund Me account has been set up in Jon’s name to assist the Bieker family, and Shawnee-area business owners will host a fundraiser at 7 p.m. on Jan. 15 at She’s A Pistol, 5725 Nieman Road.
In her statement, Becky asked that Jon’s death not be politicized.
“Guns are not evil,” she said. “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.”