An armed and masked robber demanded money in Taqueria, Texas, but a customer stopped him by brandishing his own gun, shooting the suspect dead and returning the money to the shocked customer, police said.
Houston police are seeking to speak with the customer who foiled the robbery on Thursday.
The incident occurred around 11:30 pm at El Ranchito Taqueria #4, Block 6000 South Gessner Road, Houston.
Officers were called to a restaurant in the shooting and found a robbery suspect dressed all in black, wearing a black ski mask and gloves, who had been “shot multiple times on the premises,” police said in a news release. bottom.
Paramedics pronounced him dead. The suspect, believed to be in his 20s, is awaiting verification by the Harris County Forensics Laboratory, police said.
Witnesses said the suspect stormed the restaurant, pointed a gun at the diners and demanded money.
While collecting the money, one of the customers, a white or Hispanic male, “pulled out his gun and shot the suspect several times,” police said.
The customer then recovered the money stolen from the suspect and returned it to another customer. He then fled the scene along with other guests.
Houston police are seeking help from the public to identify this patron and would like to hear from them about “his role in the shooting.” Police said no charges had been filed.
Investigators have released a photo of a man wearing a T‑shirt, jeans and glasses and holding what appears to be a gun in his hand.
Also, a photo of his car was released. 1970’s or 1980’s model pickup truck, no box.
A lawyer representing the diner who shot the suspect has contacted Houston police to set up a time to come and speak to investigators, NBC affiliate KPRC Houston reported Sunday, citing police.
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