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Off-duty cop kills robbery suspect

Published: Sat, April 9, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.


Capt. Rod Foley

By D.A. Wilkinson



A restaurant that gives food to those in need was the site of a deadly shooting Friday by an off-duty police officer.

Family members connected to Galaxy Seafood on Belmont Avenue said the would-be armed robber went into the restaurant around 6:30 p.m.

Capt. Rod Foley of the Youngstown Police Department told reporters that the officer who killed the intruder was working as a security guard at the restaurant.

Foley did not identify the officer or the shooting victim.

The investigation into the shooting is just beginning, he said.

Clothes could be seen on the floor just inside the shop, an indication that paramedics had worked to help the victim.

Clemente Franklin, 21, said his father owns the shop, which he said is run mostly by women.

“We see good people,” Franklin said, noting that the restaurant is growing.

“When people didn’t have money, the restaurant would give them food,” Franklin said.

He added, “We were building up the business.”

The eatery has a banner saying it is under new management. It took part in a “Stop the Violence” event on Martin Luther King Day earlier this year.

Franklin said that the women working in the building “were shook up. Real shook up.”

According to one of the family members, the off-duty officer was in the back room when the alleged robber came in and pointed a gun at a worker at the cash register near the door.

Ormar Robinson of Youngstown said he had gone to the restaurant to visit with his mother.

“I didn’t know the trespasser was shot and dead,” he said.

Several people said that the alleged robber lived nearby and was known to the staff at Galaxy Seafood.

The restaurant is across the street from Avalon Gardens, a longtime restaurant at 1719 Belmont Ave.

Kathy Fanfer has worked at Avalon Gardens for 30 years. She said she had not heard or seen anything connected to the shooting.

As she talked, two women in medical garb went into Avalon Gardens.

When it comes to crime in the area, Fanfer said, “It’s been quiet. It really has.”

The last fatal shooting involving city police was on Jan. 3, 2010. Pharoah Tutt, 37, of Mercer Street was shot and killed by police in a gunbattle at Eastway Apartments on the city’s East Side on that Sunday afternoon. Three police officers opened fire on Tutt after he shot at them.


1Bigben(1996 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Your right palmer . Life is cheap to some folks.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

This wasn't the fellows first robbery . The system taught him that they were willing to tolerate his actions . Getting killed while robbing upsets the hood . When the grocery stores gunned them down in the past there was a furor . When they kill their victims it is looked upon as no big deal . This time crime was stopped in a cost effective way with the robbery victims surviving unscathed and without much ceremony for the robber .

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3luvlove(9 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Off duty police officer deserves a medal.

No excuses.

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4dmacker(518 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Prayers and a big thank you for a job well done to the officer who resolved this robbery attempt with no innocent victims harmed.
Oh, the officer will probably be sued by the thugs family and the city will pay a big settlement from our tax money.
By the time this comes to court the robber will be portrayed as a victim of a poor upbringing and sexually abused as a child.
He was simply miss-understood and intended to harm no one. If only he had been allowed to live he would have gone on to medical school and invented a cure for cancer.
After all, we are not responsible for our bad acts.
It's always someone else's fault.

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5mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

One less thug walking the streets. Good job officer!!

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6redvert(2239 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

How many bullets did he officer fire? I think we could take up a collection to replace them plus quite a few spares.

It was reported that "stupid" lived near by and was known to employees. This one was a slam dunk for Darwin .

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7AugieTx(15 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Reinforces the *true* meaning of "gun control:" two hand grip, sight-down the barrel, steady squeeze on the trigger. Kudos!

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8Seeitcoming(10 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

My thoughts go out to this officer! When an armed individual walks into an establishment brandishing a gun they should expect to meet up with another gun. This happened to be an off-duty officer but the number of people in Ohio carrying concealed guns is big and growing. Any law abiding citizen would have done the same thing if they had been in there with their family members--who would not protect their spouse/children from an armed desperado. No homicide here, only self-defense.

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9Askmeificare(1167 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

One less gutter trash on the street.

One less perpetrator preying on people.

Here is a song for this moment:



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10ytowhoh330(89 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

Wonder what kind of record this Wright guy had. Sure this was not his first robbery, glad it was his last.

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11march(1 comment)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

I don't condone violence but this was a life and you guys who are posting all the negative comments, why? He doesn't hear them, his family is left with dealing with this senseless death. Oh, but since he's black you'll probably blame the family for not raising him properly, right? When reality is we all have family members who does things that goes against what's right. Just be careful what you post, because your loved one may be the next one to commit a senseless act, that may leave you wondering why.

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