HPD: Employee shoots, kills would-be robber in east Houston

By Nakia Cooper - Senior Web Editor , Gianna Caserta - Reporter

HOUSTON - A would-be robber was shot and killed by a store employee in east Houston.

The shooting happened at Ruiz Cash n Carry in the 1700 block of Sgt. Marcario Garcia Drive at Ave Q around 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

HPD announced Friday that the shooting will be referred to a Harris County grand jury.

According to HPD, an employee was carrying a bag as he arrived to work.  When he got to the door of the business, a robber put a gun to his back and demanded cash.

The worker had a concealed handgun license and was hiding his own gun underneath the bag. When he turned to face the robber, he shot the robber two to three times in the chest.

The robber was transported to the hospital, where he later died. His identification is pending verification by the Harris Coutny Institute of Forensic Sciences, according to HPD.

The bag the employee was carrying was filled with medication, not cash, as the suspect may have believed.

A witness reported seeing a vehicle fleeing the scene after the shooting, so it is possible more suspects are involved, police say.

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