Charges Filed Against Store Owner as Crime Spirals Out of Control

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( – On Tuesday, Melissa Powers, Hamilton County Prosecutor filed charges against VIP Smoke Shop manager Tony Thacker for the fatal shooting of a teenager who had been shot by the store owner during an attempted robbery earlier this year.

A grand jury indicted Thacker on eight counts, including two counts relating to him having a weapon under disability, tampering with evidence, and five felonious assault charges. Thacker was also barred from having a firearm because of a felony juvenile adjudication.

On Oct. 20, at around 1 a.m., the 29-year-old Thacker who had been living in the back of the shop, shot the suspects who had broken into the store by breaking the windows with rocks in order to enter. He proceeded to fire off several shots at the suspects, one of which was Travis Johnson, 16, who was attempting to flee the scene in a stolen vehicle when he was fatally shot.

Powers argued that there was no justification for someone to shoot a person who was attempting to flee. She added however that there was not going to be any tolerance for retail thefts and that anyone who attempted to rob a store should be prepared to be shot.

The prosecutor’s office has claimed that Thacker had proceeded to run to the front of the store and had continued shooting at the fleeing suspects, who included Amontae Carter, 19.

Jeff Braun, the Delhi Township Police Chief pointed out that people had the right to protect themselves in cases of break-ins to their business and home.

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