Cashier Shoots Bystander After She Claims Man Threatened To Kill Her During Incorrect Change Dispute: Cops


Oct. 21 2022, Published 2:11 p.m. ET

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An innocent bystander was shot and later died after a clerk at a convenience store in Ohio got into an argument with a customer over incorrect change, according to authorities.

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Police in Akron arrested Gurninder K. Banvait, 55, on Oct. 19 and charged her with a first-degree misdemeanor count of negligent homicide after 48-year-old Torres Bruster died from his injuries suffered in the shooting last month, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

According to officials, on Sept. 1, the victim was at a Sunoco station when Banvait and a male customer got into a dispute. Banvait allegedly drew a gun on the male, and it discharged, striking Bruster in the head.

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The bystander was rushed to an area hospital, where he was in a coma and on life support until his recent death, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.

Banvait later claimed that the man she was arguing with threatened to kill her and then reached through a plexiglass divider she was standing behind and tried to grab her, police said.

The man was being held in the Summit County jail on a misdemeanor charge of aggravated menacing in connection to the incident as well as to unrelated charges, according to the Beacon Journal.


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