Update: Police say robbery suspect used a replica weapon, man who intervened acted "heroically"

Published: Jul. 21, 2018 at 11:50 PM EDT
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Toledo Police say two people are dead after a robbery at a Dollar General in South Toledo and an officer-involved shooting that followed. This happened just after 10 p.m. Saturday in the 4400 block of Heatherdowns Boulevard.

According to a news release issued Monday morning, the suspect, Dale Slocum, 56, of Maumee, walked into the Dollar General and demanded money. Slocum reportedly showed a gun, which police later determined to be a replica.

Two patrons inside the store, Brooke Clay, 51, and her partner of 13 years, Tommy Thacker, 53, tried to stop Slocum. According to police, Thacker heroically held Slocum down, but was stabbed.

Officer Jonathan Chio was the first to arrive on the scene Saturday night. Witnesses directed officer Chio, a three-year veteran patrol officer, toward the suspect. After officer Chio confronted the suspect, Chio fired his weapon.

Additional police officers secured the scene while Toledo Fire & Rescue paramedics administered care to both Thacker and Slocum. Thacker was pronounced dead on the scene. Slocum was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Clay was also stabbed inside the store. The extent of her injuries is not known.

In a news release issued Monday morning, Toledo police write, "At this time, detectives continue to gather and review evidence. Additional information will be released following autopsies by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office. Officer Chio remains on paid administrative leave at this time. Paid administrative leave following an officer-involved shooting is standard procedure. The suspect, Dale Slocum, had significant criminal history involving robbery and drug abuse."

Court records indicate Slocum has a criminal history. He has several previous charges including burglary, robbery and aggravated theft and assault.

A man who calls himself "Big Johnny" was waiting in the parking lot when he saw an officer chase the robbery suspect around the back of Dollar General. Then, he heard three gunshots.

"Absolutely the police officer did the right thing," said Johnny.

Kevin Kendzierski works at Shawn's Irish Tavern next door.

He and a co-worker rushed outside when they heard the commotion. They tried to help the stabbing victims by offering towels to help stop the bleeding and by performing CPR.

"She seemed to have lacerations on her forearms, but her health wasn't necessarily dire. So when I came back I gave her a towel to kind of cover everything, but the majority of them went to the man that was on the ground," said Kendzierski.