It was 30 minutes before closing on a Saturday night when Smail Gueddari heard his wife scream from the front of the store. He left his 28-month-old son in the back room in order to come to his wife’s aid.
Gueddari, 36, of Fairfield, Ohio, said the suspect had walked into the store wearing a black cloth over his face and motioned to the cash register with his gun.
The robber fired one shot at Gueddari when he came out of the back room. The bullet went through two mannequins before lodging in a wall.
The store owner returned fire, two shots, one of which found its target.
When police and fire units arrived at the clothing store, they found the robbery suspect lying outside the store with a fatal gunshot wound
“Anybody in my place would have done what I do,” Gueddari said. “I’d say having a weapon or a gun might be mandatory. It doesn’t feel safe. Even if you were to give the money over, who knows what would happen to you?”