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Police: Store owner who shot would-be robber 'nothing short of a hero'

Glenway Pony Keg
Posted at 12:37 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-07 08:20:24-05

CINCINNATI — A Cincinnati police captain said a would-be robber is dead because a 63-year-old convenience store owner protected herself.

"A 48-year-old individual comes inside, points a gun to her head, demands money," said Capt. Paul Broxterman.

Police responded to the Glenway Pony Keg on Glenway Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers found James Douglas, 48, fatally shot. Broxterman said the man was trying to rob the West Price Hill store, but the owner put up a fight -- shooting and killing Douglas.

"She’s nothing short of a hero," Broxterman said.

That's just one in a string of crimes that took place in about 12 hours.

Another suspect is wanted for robbing two United Dairy Farmers locations: the Chase Avenue UDF in Northside Wednesday night, and the Cleves Warsaw Pike UDF in West Price Hill early Thursday morning.

Police are also investigating the shooting death of 43-year-old Joseph Brooks who was shot and killed on Queen City Avenue in South Fairmount Wednesday evening.

For Broxterman, the crimes are personal.

"I grew up on this side of town and I’ve seen the changes over the years and it’s hard to see these acts of violence," he told WCPO.

None of the alleged crimes or suspects are connected, police said. If you can help police in any of these investigations, call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.