A Tampa liquor store clerk shot and killed a suspected robber late Sunday night, police said.

Tampa police received a 911 call around 10:45 p.m. Sunday with reports of gunfire from inside Cut Rate Liquors located at 3312 N. 15th St.

According the preliminary investigation, two suspects entered the liquor store wearing ski masks and hoodie-style jackets.

Police said they pointed guns at the clerk, identified as 57-year-old Willie Morris, and demanded money.

Morris pulled out a gun and at least one of the suspects fired at him, police said.

Morris fired back and struck one of the suspects, 20-year-old Cody Bolesta.

Bolesta was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second suspect fled the scene.

"At this time, it appears to be a case of self-defense, but the case will be presented to the State Attorney's Office for a final determination," said Andrea Davis, a public information officer with the Tampa Police Department.

Morris wasn't injured in the shooting.