James Dale Cavanaugh, the owner of Kansa City, Missouri's Clint Comics, has died following injuries received in an attempt to thwart a apparent store robbery, according to The Kansas City Star.
The incident took place Friday afternoon, with conflicting reports describing it as either an "armed robbery" or "shoplifting attempt." Cavanaugh reportedly chased the suspect out of the back door of his business. Following an attempt to halt the suspect with a handgun, the long-time retailer was struck by the car door of the fleeing culprit's vehicle. Cavanaugh was rushed to a local hospital, but died as a result of those injuries.
According to an eyewitness, the suspect is a white man in his 40s, bald with glasses. He was last seen driving a white, late-model hatchback.
Clint's Comics was established in 1967, with Cavanaugh purchasing the store in 1975 following service in the U.S. Military during the Vietnam War. In addition to a comics shop, Cavanaugh was an early pioneer in the Direct Market - owning the distribution company Cavco.
“A part of Kansas City’s history died today,” said Steve Daniels, an employee of Cavanaugh's. “This was his passion; this is what kept him going.”