Motel Clerk Killed In $32 Robbery

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A motel night-desk clerk was killed in a holdup that netted two thieves only $32, police said.

One of the suspects was killed in a shootout with police a few hours later Tuesday and the other was captured following a foot chase through a residential neighborhood.

Samuel Specht, 66, a retired state employee who had worked the overnight shift at the Village Inn Motel for 10 years, was found dead behind the counter.

Vernon Watts, 49, of Columbus, was shot by police in what they said was a gunfight after he stole a truck with a woman in it. His stepson and suspected partner in crime, Ronald Hodge, 27, of Columbus, was being held in the Franklin County Jail charged with aggravated murder.

Hodge was spotted running out of a home where he had stolen a shirt.

The occupant, Cindy Shifflet, said she confronted the man.

"He stopped right there in the hallway, like, 'Which way should I go?' and I was face-to-face with him," Shifflet said. "I said, 'Hey there,' and he just stopped for a second, and then he took off."

Police said they tackled Hodge in an alley.

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