According to surveillance video, a man shot and killed an armed man who was attempting to rob a taqueria in Houston, Texas.
According to Houston police, a man gunned down an armed robber after entering Ranchito #4 Taqueria and demanding valuables from customers at gunpoint in southwest Houston. Authorities are looking for the man who shot and killed the suspect.
Houston police said in a press release Friday that charges have not been filed against the man who fled, but that they want to speak with him about “his role in the shooting.”
According to video and witness accounts, the suspect, who police say was in his 20s, entered the restaurant wearing a black ski mask and pointed his pistol at patrons and demanding their money.
During the suspect’s money collection, an armed customer can be seen standing up and firing multiple shots at the suspect as the suspect walks by.
The suspect dropped to the ground and died after being shot by the armed customer, whom Houston police described as a White or Hispanic male.
After collecting stolen money from the suspect’s body, the armed customer returned it to patrons.
According to police, the armed customer’s pickup truck was built in the 1970s or 1980s and did not have a bed.”
According to the Houston Police Department, the armed customer, who was described as a “person of interest,” has not yet been contacted.
“The person he shot was in the process of committing robbery, so the use of force he used to defend himself and innocent third parties is completely justified in Texas,” former Houston police officer, now lawyer, Thomas Nixon told KPRC-TV. “He feared serious bodily injury or death.”
Unedited video of the armed customer neutralizing an armed robbery suspect who was holding up a taqueria at gunpoint while robbing the patrons. The owner of the restaurant is calling this customer a hero. pic.twitter.com/X5oypxyBYw
— Shane B. Murphy (@shanermurph) January 7, 2023