An Ohio store owner didn’t take any chances after he was robbed at gunpoint in 2012 and couldn’t defend himself, allowing the thieves to make off with over $30,000 in cash. He went out and bought a gun, and earlier in the week when two people tried to rob him again he had a surprise waiting for them.
The owner of Dayton, Ohio’s Step-N-Style clothing store says that after 16-year-old Isiah Haggins and another suspect tried to rob him at gun point, but since he was prepared he was able to stop the robbery. The owner said that he had no choice except to shoot and kill Haggins.
“Somebody just tried to rob my store and I killed one of them,” the storeowner told a 911 dispatcher. “I shot him. He had a gun.”
The second suspect was able to flee the scene, and the incident is currently under investigation by the police. However now Haggins’ family is demanding answers as to why their son is dead.
The teen’s grandmother, Kay Haggins, questions the motives of the store owner.
“Was it self-defense? Because it’s their word and he’s not here to speak for himself. We don’t know. We are just going by what [the storeowner] said. I just want to know how my grandchild died.”
Although according to Haggins’ father, Isiah Haggins Sr., the likelihood that his son was a victim is slim.
“I want answers. And I want the truth,” he said.
“What was going through his mind? I had spoken to him that morning and we were supposed to hang out. He wanted to go shopping, so he was going to call me back. He never called me back.”
Haggins’ maternal grandmother agreed with Haggins Sr., and said that her grandson was definitely hanging out with the wrong crowd.
“He started hanging with some guys that I didn’t know. I just didn’t feel comfortable with the boys,” Gober said. “I told little Isiah that I didn’t feel comfortable with them. I didn’t know them. I didn’t trust them. Just because he had dreads and tattoos, that doesn’t mean he was a thug. He wasn’t. He was a home baby. He loved to be home. I don’t know what happened to make him go down that road. It’s not him.”
According to police, if they’re able to find the second suspect he could be held accountable for the death of Haggins, even though the store owner shot and killed him.