Dayton Daily News

Prosecutor: Pony keg shooting was ‘justified’

- By Emily HanfordOst­mann and Kate Flexter

No charges CINCINNATI — will be filed against a West Price Hill convenienc­e store owner for the deadly shooting of a would-be robber.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said Thursday the shooting was “clearly justified” during a news conference where he also released surveillan­ce video from in and outside the store.

James Douglas, 48, attempted to rob the Glenway Pony Keg on Glenway Avenue at 4:38 p.m. on Jan. 23. Deters said the 63-year-old store owner was defending herself and her property when she shot and killed Douglas. Deters expressed sympathy for the man’s children.

“I feel badly for the children of the man who got shot. But he brought it on himself,” Deters said. “It’s a very sad situation. But he went into the store to rob it, clearly. She defended herself.”

Deters said Douglas had a loaded gun during the robbery, but he did not chamber the first round.

“When he tried to shoot her it wouldn’t fire — obviously,” Deters said.“She did what she had to do.”

Surveillan­ce video, provided by the prosecutor’s office, shows Douglas as he approached the entrance in dark clothing with his face half-covered. He immediatel­y walked behind the counter, demanding the store owner put money into a plastic Kroger bag. Douglas then turned toward a lottery cash register and that’s when the woman grabbed her weapon from her belt and shot Douglas in the chest.

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