HOUSTON, Texas – A customer at a taqueria on Houston’s southwest side shot and killed a would-be armed robber, according to video released by the Houston Police Department. The customer reportedly collected the money taken by the robbery suspect and distributed it back to the victims before leaving the restaurant.
Houston Police Department investigators want to speak with a man seen on security video shooting a robbery at a taqueria located in the 6800 block of South Gessner Road, according to a report from Fox 26 Houston. A video released by police investigators shows a robbery in progress.
The video shows the suspect, who was wearing a mask to hide 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 collects the money and walks towards the back of the store and approaches other customers. While the robber is distracted, the man who threw his money on the floor appears to remove a hidden gun from his waistband.
As the suspected robber walks past the man, he picks up the gun and allegedly fires several shots. The suspect’s gun is in his left hand at the time of the shooting.
The suspect falls to the floor and appears motionless for the rest of the video.
The customer then collects the stolen money and gives it back to the victims, the police say.
The robbery victim becomes angry when he seems to discover that the suspect’s gun is fake.
UPDATE: Surveillance images of the man (and his vehicle) wanted for questioning in this fatal shooting of a robbery suspect last night (Jan. 5).
Do you know the man’s ID? Call HPD Homicide 713-308-3600. He has not been charged at this time.
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) 6 January 2023
The customers, including the man who is seen shooting the suspected robber, exit the store. When the police arrived they found the owner and workers were the only ones left. Officials said the suspect died at the scene.
No charges have been brought against the man who fired the shots to stop the robbery. Police officials say they want to speak with him about the incident.
Texas law allows the use of deadly force to protect yourself or others from a threat of death or serious bodily harm.
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