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USA –-(Ammoland.com)- KTRK ABC TV 13 and Click 2 Houston reported 07-26-2017 in Houston Texas, Houston Police said a masked man entered the Wingstop restaurant in the 3700 block of Scott Street just after 11 p.m. near the University of Houston campus.
The robber ordered everyone to the floor. Several customers actually ran to the bathroom and called 911.
Witnesses told police that the man kept reaching into his waistband as if he had a weapon. He demanded money from the register and an employee handed over $350.
A customer stated that the robber came in wearing a mask and dressed in all black. When the robber fled, the armed employee, chased him and shot the robber. Witnesses said they heard at least 10 gunshots.
Investigators said the two exchanged gunfire.
“The shots were pretty loud and they happened right after we seen them come to the register,” a customer said. “So we’re thinking that was him (the robber) shooting the gun, but it turns out one of the employees had a gun and shot back at him.”
Police found the suspect a few blocks away at a bus stop with a single gunshot wound to his leg. He was taken to a hospital.
“At some point he felt he was in fear of his life. He had a pistol and fired shots at the suspect,” said Lt. Larry Crowson with the Houston Police Department. Not long after, police got a call from someone who saw a person lying down in an open area near Canfield Street. Officers found the wounded suspect.
The suspect is in the hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. Police say it will be up to a grand jury to determine if the employee was justified in shooting the suspect.
According to the Houston Police Department, from January to May, there were 174 robberies last year compared to 249 this year.
Texas law provides for using necessary force to recover stolen property or apprehend a fleeing criminal. If you don’t live in Texas, don’t try this at home.
In most jurisdictions chasing bad guys is an invitation to the lawsuit lawyers. The other possible down side is what if he stops, continues the gun fight and you lose?
Once you are safe, stay safe!
Bob Irwin, Las Vegas
About Bob Irwin
Bob is retired after 30 years of ownership of The Gun Store & Indoor Range in Las Vegas. He continues his 2A issues show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” on YouTube and on KSHP 1400 AM radio (Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.) As a firearm instructor of Concealed Firearm Applicants, Armed Security Officer and Law Enforcement Academies over his career, Bob appears frequently as an expert witness for firearm & use of force cases in Federal, State and local courts.