YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – WKBN received footage Tuesday of a dramatic confrontation during an attempted robbery two weeks ago at a Sami Quick Stop in Struthers.
The video shows the alleged robber drawing what looks to be a gun and yelling at the store’s clerk, who then pulls out a gun of his own and fires one shot at the man. Police said the shot hit and wounded the suspect.
Normally, only the drive-through of the Sami Quick Stop at East Midlothian Boulevard and Youngstown-Poland Road is open at midnight. But because of construction, the entire store was open for customers when police say a pair of 17-year-old boys walked in about 12:15 a.m. on May 21.
Police said there were two employees working at the time. The manager was in a store room and a clerk was behind the counter. The 911 call explains what happened next:
Caller: “I’m up at Sami’s. I am the manager here and we just got a guy come in here and try to rob us.”
According to the police report, Ja’Braelyn Bunn, 17, of Youngstown, and Kimani Hodges walked in the store together, but it was Bunn that produced a rifle and demanded money from the clerk behind the counter, according to police. The clerk, believed to be in his 20s, had a gun of his own and opened fire, hitting Bunn in the side and forcing him to drop his gun.
The frame of the surveillance camera only shows one suspect, but the audio did pick up his demands.
“He demanded the clerk to give him some money. The clerk felt threatened and had a lawful CCW permit, and shot at the suspect,” said Struthers Police Chief Tim Roddy.
Right after the gunshot is heard, the recording captured the suspect crying out in pain. The entire confrontation lasted less than 10 seconds, according to the recording.
Police say both teens ran from the store, but were caught a short time later.
Both Bunn and Hodges are facing charges. After the shooting, medical professionals treated Bunn at St. Elizabeth Health Center, while authorities took Hodges to the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center. Both are facing charges.
As for the clerk, police are calling the shooting justified.
“In the right situation, someone who is responsible and very knowledgeable with a weapon, they have the right to protect themselves,” said Roddy.
Police have the gun and book bag the teens left behind.
Neither of the employees was hurt in the incident.