COLLEGE HILL (FOX19) - The tables turned on a would-be robber in College Hill Wednesday night.
Cincinnati Police say two suspects tried to rob the C&D drive-thru on North Bend Road around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
The suspects entered through a rear entrance. The first suspect pointed a gun at the clerk while the second suspect took property.
Store owner Wesley Han says he was in the back watching video surveillance monitors when he saw the two suspects run from behind a trailer. Han says he knew something was wrong so he grabbed his gun and crept toward the drive thru area.
Han says 25 year-old Michael Ozier was armed with a gun and shot at an employee while the other suspect rifled through the cash register.
Han has a number of regular customers who say its a shame someone tried to take advantage of him.
"He's good in the community. I just can't believe somebody would come down here and actually try to rob him. Everybody out here knows Wes," said customer Jason Hale.
Hale says Han was justified in using his gun.
"If it had been me in here and somebody would have come here and tried to rob me, I would have shot them too," said Hale.
Cleo Ridley says she comes to the drive thru just about everyday.
"Wes is real good in the community, he always tries to help us out, help young men, give young men jobs and things like that in the community. Its just a shame that violence is a part of our everyday living now," she said.
Han confronted Ozier, who fired at Han. Han fired back, striking Ozier four times as the bandit fled the store. Ozier was shot in the chest, abdomen, right leg and right arm.
Police say Ozier suffered serious injuries. He is charged with two counts of felonious assault and one count of aggravated robbery but has not yet been taken to jail due to his injuries.
The other suspect, Zachery Herzog, 26, is charged with aggravated robbery and is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center.
This wasn't the first violent shooting to happen at this drive-thru.
The previous owner of the C&D Drive-Thru, Dennis Willhide, was murdered on August 19, 1994 by two robbers. Bobby Terrell Sheppard, who was 18 years old at the time, and Antwan Little, who was 14, were both convicted of aggravated murder.