Auto shop owner, shot in robbery attempt, dies

Posted at 12:32 AM, Jan 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-09 00:55:55-05

NORTH COLLEGE HILL, Ohio -- An auto shop owner who was shot earlier this week at his Galbraith Road business died Friday.

Joe "Papa Joe" Leach was at his Leach Brothers Automotive, at the corner of Galbraith and Simpson Avenue, when someone shot him Tuesday.

No suspect has been named in the case. Surveillance video shows a shadowy figure cross Simpson Avenue, and, another surveillance camera captures the person entering the auto shop.

Leach Brothers Surveillance Video of Attempted Robbery / Shooting

Leach Brothers Surveillance Video of Attempted Robbery / Shooting

Posted by North College Hill Police Department on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

According to North College Hill police, the would-be robber pulled a gun and demanded money. When Leach tried to get away, they said, he was shot in the back.

The gunman went back outside and quickly ran from the surveillance cameras' view.


After three days at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, family members posted online Friday their beloved father, grandfather and best friend had died.

North College Hill police said they think the gunman is local and likely has been in the area of Leach's shop before Tuesday's shooting.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040.