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Security expert analyzes pizza shop video

Posted: 7:21 PM, Dec 08, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-08 19:21:25-05

A national security expert said he believes the fatal shooting of an employee at an Akron pizza shop was accidental, based on his analysis of the surveillance video that shows the moments leading up to the incident.

“It is supported by the fact that the person was covered up,” said Dimoff, the owner of Sacs Consulting, an Akron-based security and investigative firm. “There's no reason to shoot this clerk. He's totally totally cooperating.”

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In the surveillance video, Dimoff said he sees a suspect who may be high on drugs or unsure how to handle a gun. The victim, 21-year-old Zak Husein, who worked at New York Style Pizza on East Glenwood Avenue, hands over the money before he is shot.

“The type of gun, the semi-auto that the suspect has, the triggers on these guns are very sensitive,” added Dimoff.

The possible combination of drugs and/or an unsteady hand is how Dimoff believes two armed robberies escalated into a homicide. Akron Police said the suspect responsible for the fatal shooting of Husein was likely involved in two armed robberies at Family Dollar stores on Saturday. In those robberies, two suspects pistol-whipped store clerks.

In surveillance video of the robberies and the fatal shooting, the suspect's face is covered, he or she is wearing all black and the shoes are the same. Akron Police said they are reconsidering whether the suspect, who they describe as black and between the ages of 16 and 25, is male or female.

“I can see that there are some characteristics just the way the person is walking or handling themselves that it very well could be a female,” said Dimoff.

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