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Gun Store Owner Has Weird Feeling, Refuses To Sell Man Gun, Turns Out To Be Right

Everything started when James Howard, a former Ohio University student, broke into the Assistant Hockey Coach's office and attempted to hit him. James then fled the area and the Ohio University Police Department immediately issued warrants for Howard's arrest. What happens next could have had a devastating outcome.

James tells his friend he is going to go buy a gun and drove 30 minutes north to Downs Bait and Guns. When he got there, he was looking to buy a rifle and went through the process to do so. Even though James had a warrant out for his arrest and had been involuntarily committed to a mental facility previously, he still cleared a background check. He could have purchased the gun.

Luckily, John Downs, the owner of the gun store makes it a point to talk with all his customers and on that day he witnessed something different. Downs said, "The look on his face, his eyes. I just knew something was wrong." So instead of selling him the rifle, Downs made the decision to pass up a profit because of his "bad feeling."

He immediately contacted the local police department and found out that the same guy he just refused to sell a gun to was wanted in connection to an incident earlier in the day. The Hocking County Sheriff's Offices stated they believe Downs stopped what could have been a tragic event.

Source: WBNS-10TV
Photo: WBNS-10TV

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