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Armed robber shot by Xenia police

Published: Tuesday, July 02, 2013 @ 6:50 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 02, 2013 @ 10:03 PM

The armed robbery of a video game store Tuesday evening ended in a shootout with the suspect wounded and a police officer hit by glass or gunfire.

The robber, who was shot down by a Xenia officer as they stood in the middle of Montana Drive, is in Miami Valley Hospital and his condition is not known, police Chief Randy Person said.

The officer hit by flying glass or gunfire was treated and released from Grandview Medical Center. He suffered a laceration to his arm, the chief said.

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At about 6 p.m., a man armed with a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol walked into a GameStop store on Hospitality Drive to rob it, Person said.

The gunman took a store employee hostage and forced her to drive off. He took a game console, Person said.

An officer on patrol spotted someone who fit the description of the robber, who had by then gotten out of the car he had commandeered.

When the officer challenged the man, Person said, the man spun on the officer, showed what appeared to be a gun in his waistband and took off running.

Two police officers in a cruiser cut the man off in the area of Montana and Vermont drives.

There, he began firing into the cruiser, Person said, shooting out the windshield, the rear window and the driver’s side window.

How many shot were fired as he exchanged gunfire with the officers in the cruiser is not certain, Person said.

As that was happening, the officer who had confronted the man earlier caught up to the scene and fired several rounds. He hit the gunman once, Person said.

The names of the gunman, the officers involved and the store worker who was taken hostage have not been released.

The worker, identified only as a female, and the second officer in the cruiser, were not injured.

Xenia detectives and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents worked well into Tuesday night, gathering evidence at the scene of the shooting.

Person, asked whether enough was done at the store to thwart the robbery, said, “If someone comes in at gunpoint, you pretty much give them what they want and do what they want you to do.”