Crook Shot Dead While Trying to Rob Texas Gun Store with a Knife
Criminal makes fatal mistake in Houston
A foolish crook made a fatal mistake when he tried to rob a Texas gun store with a knife.
The man was shot dead after entering the Houston gun store armed with a "bladed object."
A gun store employee shot the man dead as he threatened staff and started grabbing cash from the register.
According to police, the man walked inside Carter's Country gun store in the 11800 block of Wilcrest Drive at the Sugar Park Plaza with a "bladed object" around 3 p.m.
He then went straight to the cash register and began taking money, KHOU-TV reported.
Police said an employee confronted the suspect and fired two shots.
The station said that the wounded suspect then departed the store, leaving a trail of blood behind.
When authorities arrived, they took the suspect to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, KHOU reported.
Authorities told the station there's surveillance video of the incident but added that it wouldn't be released at this time.
The suspect's name and the name of the employee who opened fire have not been released, KHOU said.
Before the man entered the gun shop, witnesses told KPRC-TV he went into a SuitMart clothing store next door and attempted to steal items.
"Basically, they told him to just let go of the jeans, or we’ll call the police,” witness Marcus Fomby told KPRC.
The station said the man left the SuitMart empty-handed, adding that police indicated he then tried to rob the gun shop.
“Once he went [into the gun shop], he actually went behind the counter [and] started ruffling through the cash register,” Lt. Larry Crowson of the Houston Police Department told KPRC.
“He was confronted by one of the employees, at that point, one of the employees felt in fear of their safety and fired two shots, at least one struck.”
KHOU said no charges were filed, and the case will be referred to a grand jury.