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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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