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Prosecutor: No charges against store owner who shot, killed man during robbery

Man attempted to rob store 3 separate times
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Posted at 4:30 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 16:35:40-05

CINCINNATI — No charges will be filed against an East Price Hill store owner who shot and killed a man who attempted to rob the store last month, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced Wednesday.

Cincinnati police were dispatched to the reported robbery at Mages Grocery at 3316 Glenway Ave. on Nov. 19. Officers were told the suspect fled to Purcell Avenue, where they found 19-year-old Da’Shawn Tye with multiple gunshot wounds.

Tye was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he later died.

A police investigation found Tye had attempted to rob Mages Grocery twice before. On Aug. 8, the store owner said Tye produced a handgun and demanded cash out of the register. The owner refused, and Tye allegedly stated, “I’ll be back.”

On Nov. 14, the owner said Tye entered Mages, walked behind the counter to try to open the register and pushed the owner against the wall, threatening to kill him if he didn’t open the till.

That day, Tye made off with about $400 from the register.

Five days later, Tye returned. The owner tried to lock the door before Tye could enter, but he made it inside and backed the owner into a corner. Then, the owner retrieved his handgun and shot Tye, police said.

Tye fled on foot and collapsed two blocks away on Purcell Avenue. Police said the store owner was not hurt.

“This individual did this not once, not twice, but three times,” said Deters in a news release. “The first time he pulled a gun and the second time he assaulted the store owner. We are thankful the owner was able to protect himself.”