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Robber kills manager at Tustin Home Depot

February 10, 2007|Garrett Therolf | By Garrett Therolf Times Staff Writer

A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the conviction of a gunman who fatally shot an assistant manager Friday at a Home Depot in Tustin.

The robber entered the store and demanded money from a cashier. When confronted at the register, he gunned down Tom Egan, police said.

Egan, 40, a former Marine sergeant, was taken to a hospital, where he died from a single gunshot wound, Sgt. Jeff Blair said.

The robber fled with an unknown amount of cash in a minivan, which a second suspect drove.

Witnesses said that the license plates had been removed, Blair said.

The crime occurred about 10 a.m. at the store at 2782 El Camino Real in the Tustin Marketplace shopping center.

Much of the incident was captured on surveillance cameras. The robber was dressed in a painter's jumpsuit and dust mask, Blair said.

Egan had worked for Home Depot for 13 years and was described by colleagues as hardworking and energetic.

"Tom was respected and admired by his colleagues for his spirit and energy on the job as well as his work in numerous community service projects in the local area," Bruce Merino, the company's western division president, said in a statement.

"We extend our condolences to his family and friends and plan to honor his memory in a special way."

The company provided grief counselors to employees at the store.

garrett.therolf@latimes.com

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