Names released from deadly pizza parlor robbery and hostage situation

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A would-be robber is dead in Fairfield County after taking an employee hostage at a pizza parlor.

It happened Saturday morning at around 12:30 p.m. at Cristy’s Pizza in Lancaster, according to the police department.



Police said that 31-year-old Troy Kirk stormed the pizza place located on Pierce Avenue and took employee Tiffany Pelfrey hostage with a knife in an apparent robbery. Four other employees escaped.

SWAT and police surrounded the establishment before a standoff ensued.

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“Officers attempted to negotiate and deescalate the situation, but the male subject refused to cooperate,” said deputy chief Dan Shupp. “In order to protect the life of the hostage, the supervisor on the scene made the decision to authorize deadly force….”

Lancaster Police told the Guardian on Saturday that an officer fired a shot and the robber was killed. Shupp said that Kirk used Pelfrey as a human shield, but she was not injured.

The pizza parlor is closed for the rest of the day.



The Scioto Valley Guardian is the #1 local news source for the Scioto Valley. The Guardian was previously two publications, Fayette Advocate (2012) and Chillicothe Guardian (2018), respectively. Their parent company merged the two publications in 2019 -- forming The Guardian -- and expanded the coverage area to include the entire Scioto Valley.


3 thoughts on “Names released from deadly pizza parlor robbery and hostage situation

  1. TJ Keil

    There is a story by a witness that the hostage had already been released at the time of the shooting and that the killing of the perpetrator could have been unjustified. Just saying.

    1. ME

      CLEARLY people are idiots are aren’t educated before speaking about things they know nothing about. Watch the body cam footage. 150% JUSTIFIED. WITNESS MY ASS……🙄

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