From MyFoxCleveland of October 27, 2008
Pet Shop Owner Shoots, Kills Robbery Suspect
Cleveland Police believe a shop owner who shot a robbery suspect Monday acted in self-defense.
Police were called to the Cleveland Aviary on Bosworth Avenue in Cleveland (see Google map below ) Monday afternoon. According to Lt. Thomas Stacho, the suspect was dead on the front step of the pet shop when the first officers arrived.
According to police, the 86-year-old shop owner, whose name police did not release, was in the back room of the shop when the robber entered. Police said there was one clerk working in the front of the shop.
"The robber set upon him, immediately put a knife to his throat and ordered him to open the cash register," Stacho said.
Police said the shop owner came out the back room with a gun and asked the robber to leave.
"He ordered the robber to leave; the robber did not; he approached him in a menacing manner and the second man fired one round striking the man in the chest killing him," Stacho said.
The shop owner's daughter, Maria Oviero, said the shop had been the target of thieves before. She said her father got a gun after a couple of failed robbery attempts. She hoped he would never have to use the gun.
"It's sad that he has to use that kind of force. It's sad, but he had to do what he had to do. I'm just glad he is OK," Oviero said.
Police did not release the name of the suspect.