Prosecutor says pony keg fatal shooting was 'clearly justified'


    Prosecutor announces that no charges will be filed against a pony keg employee who shot and killed a robber. "She deserves a medal." (WKRC)

    CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Surveillance video shows James Douglas walking into Glenway Pony Keg in January armed with a loaded gun.

    Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters described the threats that Douglas made to the store owner.

    "He said I'm going to kill you. He kept saying it constantly," Deters said.

    The 63-year-old woman who owns the store was inside alone at the time. Police say Douglas ordered her to fill a bag with the cash from the register and then wanted more from the lottery counter. The store owner had her own gun in her waistband.

    Deters described what is shown on surveillance video.

    "Once he turns to the right, she sees the ability to defend herself," Deters said. "After she shot him, he wrestled her, punched her, things like that, but he was clearly mortally wounded and ultimately died."

    Deters calls it a "clear case" of self-defense.

    "If you go into a store with a gun or a home with a gun to rob it, you have forfeited your right not to be shot," he said.

    Video shows the owner running out of the store for help.

    The prosecutor says Douglas has a criminal history and that the store owner's actions likely saved her life.

    "This guy was just in a horrible spiral, but he's got kids and it's very sad that he resorted to this type of violence," Deters said. "I feel badly for the children of this man that got shot, but he brought it on himself."

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