ZALESKI — Authorities are still on the lookout for a pair of would-be robbers who were forced to flee a Vinton County store Saturday after its owners and a customer opened fire on them, Vinton County Sheriff’s deputies reported.
At about 4:54 p.m. Saturday, two men wearing camouflage and carryingan assault-style rifle and shotgun entered the Zaleski General Store at the intersection of Ohio 278 and Ohio 677 and demanded money, according to a release from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office.
Store ownerLetha Toops retrieved a small handgun from under the counter and fired four shots into the floor in front of the would-be robbers, who then fled. As the pair got into a waiting car, the lone customer in the store took Toops’ handgun and fired a shot as the car drove away.
Toops’ husband, Jerry, also fired at the car, using a gun he had in the waistband of his pants.
The sheriff’s office is unsure whetheranyone was struck by the gunfire, but all area hospitals were put on notice and units from the sheriff’s office and Ohio Highway Patrol searched the area. Read more
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