Houston, TX – An alleged armed robber was fatally shot by a gun store employee after the suspect barged into the business and stole money from the cash register, according to police.
Police said it wasn’t the only business the unidentified suspect attempted to steal from that day.
The incident occurred in the 11800-block of South Wilcrest Drive near Southwest Freeway on the afternoon of June 21, KPRC reported.
Witnesses said the suspect first walked into a Suit Mart store and was busted while trying to walk out with various merchandise.
“The guy looked like he was a homeless person,” witness Marcus Fomby told KPRC. “Basically, they told him to just let go of the jeans or we’ll call the police.”
The suspect left the items behind and walked out of the business at about 3 p.m., then barged into the Carter’s Country gun store next door, according to police.
Investigators said the man, who was allegedly armed with a “bladed object,” made a beeline for the cash register and helped himself to the money inside, KHOU reported.
“Once he went there (the gun shop), he actually went behind the counter (and) started rifling through the cash register,” Houston Police Department (HPD) Lieutenant Larry Crowson told KPRC.
That’s when he was interrupted by a gun store employee.
“He was confronted by one of the employees at that point,” Lt. Crowson said. “One of the employees felt in fear of their safety and fired two shots.”
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At least one of the rounds hit the suspect, who stumbled out into the parking lot, leaving a trail of blood behind him, KHOU reported.
The wounded suspect collapsed to the pavement.
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The HPD received a report of the incident at 3:17 p.m. and arrived to find the suspect lying on the ground, according to KPRC.
He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The identities of the suspect and the gun store employee have not been released.
No charges were immediately filed, KHOU reported.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office said the case will be presentenced to a grand jury for review, KPRC reported.