Shot fired as customer tries to stop shoplifter

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A customer at a Columbus gas station took matters into his own hands Monday morning while trying to stop a suspected shoplifter.

It happened at about 12:30 a.m. Monday at the Speedway near the corner of Olentangy River Road and West 5th Avenue.

According to police, a customer was inside the store when he witnessed a man leave the store with a case of beer that was not paid for. He followed the man outside and then around the store.

The customer fired at the suspect once with a concealed carry weapon. He told NBC4 that the suspect pulled a gun on him first.

The suspect got into a car and drove away. The customer said he followed on foot trying to get a plate number, then turned back and returned to the store.

No injuries were reported.

Police took the customer’s gun while they investigate. No charges have been filed.

 

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