December 21, 2014

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Auto repair shop owner pulls gun after being threatened

LORAIN — The owner of Cruz Auto Repair said he pulled a pistol on a man who threatened him at the shop, 3340 Elyria Ave., about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Jerediah Cruz said he was openly carrying a pistol on his waist when a man he didn’t know entered the store and began cursing him and threatening to assault him, according to a police report. Cruz said he backed away, but the man continued to follow him and wouldn’t leave so he put his hand on the gun, the report said.

Cruz said the man acted as if he was about to pull out a gun so Cruz said he drew his pistol and pointed at the man, who dared him to shoot him in the face. The man then left the shop.

Cruz said he regularly openly carries a pistol in a holster on his waist at work, but Tuesday was the first time he drew it. Open carry of guns in public is legal in Ohio.

Police said shop surveillance video showed the man was black and in his 30s, about 6 feet, 2 inches and 190 pounds. He was wearing a blue and red Cleveland Indians baseball cap, a white long-sleeve shirt with a red T-shirt under it, blue jeans, red sneakers and sunglasses.