HOUSTON, Texas — A patron at a southwest Houston taqueria shot and killed a would-be armed robber, according to video released by the Houston Police Department. The customer reportedly recovered the money taken by the robbery suspect and redistributed it to the victims before leaving the restaurant.
Houston Police Department investigators want to speak to a man seen in security video filming a robbery at a taqueria in the 6800 block of South Gessner Road, according to a Fox 26 Houston report. A video released by police investigators shows a robbery in progress.
Video shows the suspect, who was wearing a mask to conceal his identity, walking around the restaurant demanding money from customers and pointing what appears to be a handgun at several customers. As he approaches one of the customers, the man throws his money on the floor.
The suspect picks up the cash and walks to the back of the store approaching other customers. As the thief is distracted, the man who threw his cash on the floor appears to pull a concealed handgun from his waist.
As the suspected thief walks past the man, he raises his handgun and reportedly fires several shots. The robbery suspect’s gun was in his left hand at the time of the shooting.
The suspect falls to the ground and appears motionless for the rest of the video.
The customer then recovers the stolen money and returns it to the victims of the theft, according to the police.
The victim of the robbery becomes angry when she seems to discover that the suspect’s handgun is fake.
UPDATE: Surveillance photos of the man (and his vehicle) wanted for questioning in this fatal shooting of a robbery suspect last night (January 5).
Do you know the identity of the man? Call HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600. He is not charged at this time.
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 6, 2023
Customers, including the man who shot the suspected thief, exit the store. When the police arrived, they discovered that the owner and the workers were the only people left behind. Officials said the suspect died at the scene.
No charges have been brought against the man who fired to stop the robbery. Police officials say they want to talk to him about the incident.
Texas law permits the use of deadly force to protect yourself or others from the threat of death or grievous bodily harm.
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