A store owner in Dayton, Ohio, shot and killed an armed robbery suspect on Monday. The Step-N-Style store had already been robbed of nearly $30,000 in goods back in November of 2012, prompting the owner to arm himself in self-defense.
Police say 16-year-old Isiah Haggins and a second suspect entered the store at around 11 a.m. on Monday and one of them brandished a gun. The store owner, who hasn’t been identified, pulled his own gun and opened fire.
“Somebody just tried to rob my store and I killed one of them,” the owner reportedly told a 911 dispatcher. “I shot him. He had a gun.”
The second suspect, described as a thin, young black male standing about 5-foot-6, fled the scene. He was reportedly wearing blue jeans, a black sweatshirt and a white bandana or surgical mask on his face.
Dayton police Lt. Matthew Dickey told WHIO-TV that the case appears to be self-defense, but there will still be a full investigation into the incident. Police will review surveillance video to back up the owner’s account.
The news station has more on a past robbery at the same store:
On Nov. 9, 2012, the Step-N-Style owner told police that three armed, hooded men in masks robbed the store, making off with a .40-caliber and a .23-caliber Glock pistols, his car keys and the store keys, according to a report. They also took $1,000 in cash from the register, the owner’s wallet and nearly 200 pairs of jeans, the report said. In all, the robbers reportedly made off with an estimated $28,042 worth of goods.
The family of the deceased suspect wants answers regarding the shooting. Haggins grandmother, Kay Haggins, said the family wants to know “what happened. where he was shot.”
“Was it self-defense? Because it’s their word and he’s not here to speak for himself. We are just going by what he said. I just want to know how my grandchild died,” she added.
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