Grove City police are working with the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office to determine if charges should be filed in the death of a Columbus man who was shot Feb. 23 at Walgreens, 2110 Stringtown Road.
"We want to make sure that whatever charges we might file are the appropriate charges," Grove City police Sgt. Chris White said.
David A. Wells, 46, was pronounced dead at Grant Medical Center after getting involved in an altercation with another man at the store, police reports stated.
Police are not identifying the shooter, who was admitted to the hospital with head injuries, White said Feb. 26.
White said he did not know whether the shooter had been released from the hospital.
The man has claimed he shot Wells in self-defense, White said.
"That's what we're checking with other witnesses to try to find out," he said.
Wells and the other man got into an argument inside the store and engaged in a fist fight, White said.
From there, the incident escalated and resulted in Wells being shot, he said.
There is no evidence Wells had a gun, White said.
Police responded to the incident at 11:41 a.m. Feb. 23.
If police make an arrest, "we could choose to file charges directly or go through the grand-jury process," White said. "It's most likely we would go through the grand jury."
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* A Grove City man reported $1,750 in cash that fell out of his pocket Feb. 20 while he was in a checkout lane at a store had been stolen.
The man said he had stopped by the store in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road to process a money order and lost the cash while he was in the self-scan checkout lane.
He said he dropped the cash, which was bundled and had a money wrapper around it, after removing a cellphone from his pants pocket. He said he was not aware he had dropped the money.
A loss prevention officer at the store told police he reviewed an in-store video which showed the cash hanging from the victim's pocket, then falling to the floor, reports stated. A woman standing behind the man then pushed her cart so that it was on top of the money. She bent down to pick up the cash and quickly concealed it, reports stated.
* A woman staying with her boyfriend at a hotel in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road filed a stolen car report. The woman said the car, which is valued at $24,000 and belongs to her boyfriend's mother, was stolen between midnight and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Police contacted the car's owner, who confirmed she had given her son and his girlfriend permission to use the car, according to the report.
* Police arrested a Grove City man on a charge of aggravated arson Feb. 19 after he allegedly started a fire in the hallway of an apartment building in the 3400 block of Park Street.
Two residents told police the man started the fire after they told him to leave their apartment, where he had been staying. They said they placed his coat out in the hallway in case he came back and needed it. At 5:11 p.m., they heard their building's fire alarm sounding and looked out to find the coat was on fire, reports stated.
The male resident told police he grabbed the coat to take it outside while the female resident poured water on the carpet where the coat had been burning. The man told police that as he reached the stairwell to head outside, he saw the other man standing at the bottom of the stairs. He then rushed out of the building and took off running.
Officers located the suspect behind a business in the 3900 block of Broadway, arrested him and took him to the Franklin County jail.
* A man stole $46 in cash and a bag of candy Feb. 21 from a store in the 2400 block of Stringtown Road, reports stated.
A clerk told police the man entered the store at 8 p.m., selected the bag of candy and walked up to the counter as if to purchase it. Instead, he pushed the employee and attempted to grab the money that was in the cash register, according to the report. The clerk said she struggled with the man to keep him from taking the cash, but he forcibly pushed her hands away, grabbed the cash, and left the store with the money and the candy.
The clerk told police this type of incident had recently occurred at another of the company's central Ohio stores, reports stated.
* A resident in the 3700 block of Kingswood Drive reported Feb. 16 that $1,800 was withdrawn from her credit union account without her authorization. She said her credit union indicated the transactions were most likely made through card swipes on a cellphone card reader, according to the report.
* Officers responded at 11:12 p.m. Feb. 19 to a burglar alarm at a business in the 3100 block of Broadway, where they found the side door's glass had been broken. Officers searched the business, but did not find anyone inside, reports stated. The general manager arrived on scene and reported that two tills, each containing $150 in cash, had been stolen.
* A Grove City woman told police her son's jacket, containing his wallet and cellphone, was stolen Feb. 17 while the boy was playing basketball at the Grove City YMCA, 3600 Discovery Drive.