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Police ID suspect killed after Bob Evans robbery; 911 calls reveal frightening details

It happened around 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bob Evans on Olentangy River Road.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — New information is coming out after a restaurant robbery that ended with police killing the suspect.

It happened around 7:30 Saturday morning at the Bob Evans on Olentangy River Road.

Columbus Police say 34-Year-old Joshua James Brown walked into the office of the restaurant, wearing a hockey mask and armed with a handgun.

They say he demanded money from the safe and assaulted a manager while she attempted to open the safe.

Police say after several minutes of trying to get money from the safe, Brown left through a back door.

Officers had just arrived and one of them fired multiple shots at Brown- who was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The manager also had to be treated at the hospital for her injuries. Calls from employees detail the frightening moments leading up to the shooting.

"Somebody came in in a ski mask and is trying to rob us right now," said one caller. "I guess he's still in the office. He has her at gunpoint- the manager."

Another caller said, "They robbin' us at Bob Evans. They robbin' us at Bob Evans. They got a gun. He got a red jacket on. He got the manager in the office."

The suspect killed by police does have a criminal record.

He served more than 8 years in prison on a drug and weapons conviction from 2005.

He was also convicted in 2014 of harassment with a bodily substance.

His attorney tells 10tv that charge stemmed from Brown spitting at multiple officers after they arrested him for an OVI charge.

10tv reached out to Brown's family today, but have not heard back from them.

Police identify the officer who shot Brown as Officer Jeffrey Miller, a 15-year veteran of the force.

His actions in this shooting will be investigated and presented to a grand jury to determine whether they were within the law, and CPD policy.