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Taco Shop Customer Fatally Shoots Armed Robber, Returns Money to Fellow Victims Before Fleeing Scene, Police Say
The man who shot and killed a robbery suspect inside a taco eatery in southwest Houston on Thursday night is wanted for questioning by the Houston Authorities Department, according to the police. At approximately 11 o’clock in the evening, police responded to reports of a shooting at the Ranchito #4 Taqueria, which is located in the 6900 block of South Gessner Road.
Lt. R. Wilkens of the Honolulu Police Department stated that a masked guy armed with what was thought to be a “plastic pistol” brandished the weapon at patrons who were eating inside the restaurant and demanded their wallets and money.
Customers were seen on surveillance cameras throwing cash to the ground as the robber walked to each client individually while brandishing what seemed to be a revolver. The footage indicates that when the robber moved past a man who was sitting in one of the booths, the man got up from his seat, pulled out a gun, and shot the robber many times.
The thief was found dead at the scene of the crime. According to a former law enforcement officer who is now practicing law, Thomas Nixon, “The guy he shot was in the process of committing robbery and consequently, his use of force in defense of himself and innocent third parties is totally permissible in Texas.
” Nixon is now a lawyer. He had a rational basis for fearing that he would suffer a life-threatening injury or even die. Nixon stated that the footage helps determine whether or not the shooting was justifiable without testimony and without knowing who the shooter is.
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“It is a justifiable homicide, but the grand jury in Harris County is going to want to know all parties engaged in the killing so that they can investigate,” he said. “The grand jury in Harris County is going to want to know all parties involved in the homicide.”
According to the police, the person who fired the shot recovered the stolen money from the robber’s pocket and gave it back to the other customers. On the security tape, the perpetrator of the shooting can be heard saying, “Come grab your money.”
He and the other patrons left the site before the police officers arrived. The patron who was involved in the gunshot is currently being sought for questioning in connection with the incident. Since the shooter had not committed a crime, according to Nixon, he was under no legal responsibility to remain at the site or provide an explanation for his actions.
According to him, the state of Texas only has two offenses in which an individual is required to remain at the scene. Both of these crimes involve vehicle accidents. The surveillance photographs were made available to the general public in the expectation that a witness will recognize the customer. There has been no formal accusation made.