Line-cut dispute at Ohio Kroger ends with 1 death

Columbus police use yellow tape to tape off a crime scene.

Columbus police use yellow tape to tape off a crime scene.

A line-cutting dispute inside an Ohio Kroger on Thursday night escalated into an attempted robbery with a man shot dead by a security guard.

The incident began around 10 p.m. inside the Columbus Kroger at 1745 Morse Road, with one or more people accusing another of cutting the line, police detective Chris Journey said.

“It was basically between customers and a security guard asking them to leave,” Journey said. “It was basically cutting the line…being impatient.”

Within 10 minutes, one of the individuals returned and continued to argue with the others in the parking lot and attempted to rob another at gunpoint, “much like retaliation”, said Journey.

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The incident outside erupted in gunfire with several shots being exchanged, Journey said. No one was hurt.

It was then that the private security guard noticed him and walked out.

“He was careful and came out to see what was going on and he fired his gun.”

Journey said the guard, who has not been named, “felt threatened for his life”.

The victim, who has not yet been named, was taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital where he died shortly after arriving.

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Police have interviewed multiple witnesses with consistent stories, Journey said. Weapons were recovered from the parking lot.

Police did not say whether charges would be brought in connection with the attempted shooting or robbery. Police are looking for other people involved. But no arrests were made.

“Overall, Columbus is safe and safe to shop at Kroger,” Journey said. “You have these rare cases all over the country.

This is Columbus’ 69th homicide.

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This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Ohio Kroger man killed after line cut argument, attempted robbery

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