Customers who are deaf dodged bullets

Posted at 6:46 PM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 18:46:31-05

After Parma Police say a 21-year-old man walked into a gas station and fatally shot its owner during a robbery, the man turned to two customers who are deaf.

“And when he pulled out that gun, I grabbed him, I grabbed him,” said Steve, Sr., a Parma resident who spoke through an interpreter. He and his son did want their last name used.

Steve, Sr. said the gunman, who police identify as Logan Sinclair, pointed his weapon at him.

“I grabbed the shooter, and I knocked him in the head,” he added. “I knocked him in the head with his own gun.”

But Sinclair wrestled the gun back and then made Steve's son the target at point blank range.

“[I was shot at] two times,” said Steve, Jr. “Right in my head, and I just kept ducking, and it went right past me.”

“It was just pop, pop, pop all over the place,” said Steve, Sr. “But you know what, I grabbed his wrist, twisted it, and the gun fell.”

They said that's when the suspect ran out of the Sunoco station on Pearl Road. The owner, Bob Sposit, lay there. His life was quickly slipping away.

“I was trying to feel the carotid artery to see if he was still breathing,” said Steve, Sr. “But I couldn't feel anything. There was nothing left. There was nothing.”

Steve, Sr. said he and Sposit were good friends for the past 15 years. He described Sposit as someone who was nice and funny.

Sinclair is in jail on $3 million bond. His case will go to a Cuyahoga County grand jury.

Steve, Jr. and Steve, Sr. are uninjured.


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