Thursday, April 3, 2008

Ohio: Tenant kills would-be robber, police say

Columbus, Ohio

From the Columbus Dispatch of April 3, 2008
Tenant kills would-be robber, police say

A gunman who police say kicked in the door to an East Side apartment was shot to death by one of the tenants early today.

Jermaine A. McCrary, 19, of Ashville died of a single gunshot wound to the head after breaking into an apartment at 2936 E. Fifth Ave. at 1:47 a.m.

Sgt. Dana Norman of the homicide squad said McCrary intended to rob the occupants, a man and woman who told police that they didn't know him.

McCrary pistol-whipped the man before he was shot by one of the tenants.

Terrified, the residents ran out of the apartment and several blocks west before finding someone to call police.

Norman wouldn't say which tenant fired the shot, and he would not release their names.

He said the case will be presented to a grand jury but appeared to one of self-defense. Neither tenant has been charged with a crime.

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