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UPDATE: Police looking to speak to anyone in West Side Trading Post Pawn Shop during shooting incident

A pawn shop owner shot and killed a would-be robber in Fairmont Wednesday. (Photo: WDTV)
A pawn shop owner shot and killed a would-be robber in Fairmont Wednesday. (Photo: WDTV)(WDTV)
Published: Feb. 5, 2020 at 4:56 PM EST
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UPDATE 02/02/2020 @ 3:03 p.m.

Fairmont Police are looking to speak with anyone who may have been a customer at West Side Trading Post Pawn Shop during a shooting incident that happened on Feb. 5.

Walter Elmer Boyles, 75, of Fairmont was shot by the owner of the shop. He eventually died.

Investigators say robbery may not have been Boyles' motive when he pulled a realistic fake weapon on the store owner.

Investigators are asking anyone who was in the store to call and talk to Sgt. Hall at 304-366-2217 ext. 442.

UPDATED: 02/06/20 7:10 p.m.

The man in Wednesday's pawn shop shooting has been identified as 75-year-old Walter Elmer Boyles of Fairmont, according to Fairmont Police Chief Steve Shine.

Robbery may not have been Boyles' motive when he pulled a realistic fake weapon on the store owner, investigators said.

The West Side Trading Post Pawn Shop on Jackson Street does not sell or trade firearms, Shine said.

We will keep you updated as the investigation continues.

ORIGINAL STORY

A pawn shop owner shot and killed a would-be robber Wednesday.

According to Fairmont Police Chief Steve Shine, officers responded to The West Side Trading Post Pawn Shop around 11:42 a.m. for a person who was shot during a robbery.

When officers arrived, a 75-year-old man was found unresponsive inside the business, Shine says. He eventually died.

Shine says evidence reviewed so far shows the man entered the business, approached the owner behind the counter and presented a realistic appearing fake gun in a threatening manner. The owner responded by drawing his carried revolver and fired at the man.

Shine says they are still investigating the incident and will continue to get more evidence, but it appeared there was a reasonable use of deadly force.

Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Fairmont Fire Department and Marion County Rescue Squad responded to the scene, Shine said. Fairmont Police Detectives, Marion County Prosecutor and Marion County Coroner will continue to investigate.

An autopsy is pending.

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