” A store owner who shot and killed a man attempting to rob his Main Street business Saturday has faced robbery attempts on at least two other occasions, employees at area businesses said Sunday.
Hamilton police officers responded to Mazagan Urban Ware, 201 Main St., at 8:34 p.m. on a report of a robbery attempt that ended when the owner shot the suspect, according to a news release from the Hamilton Police Department. When police and fire units arrived at the clothing store, they found the robbery suspect lying outside the store with an apparent gunshot wound, the news release said.
The suspect, Jeremy Scott Irvin, 26, of Fairfield, was transported to Fort Hamilton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No charges are pending against the store owner, Smail Gueddari, who opened Mazagan Urban Ware in 2011.
Gueddari, 37, of Fairfield said the suspect had walked into the store Saturday night wearing a black cloth over his face. The man motioned to the cash register with his gun.
Gueddari said after he came out of the back room, the suspect fired one shot at him. The bullet went through two mannequins before lodging in a wall behind Gueddari.
The store owner said he then fired two shots, one of which found its target.”