Police: Gas station clerk shot robbery suspect

Published On: Jul 19 2013 09:46:46 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 19 2013 12:55:23 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

Police said a gas station clerk shot a suspect in northeast Houston Friday morning.

It happened in the 800 block of Tidwell around 8:45 a.m. Friday.

Houston police said the suspect walked into the gas station and attempted to rob the clerk. That’s when police said there was a "gun battle." The 58-year-old suspect was shot in the backside, stomach and side.

Nizar Ali, the owner of the store, told Local 2 that his 31-year-old son was working at the time of the attempted robbery. Ali's son, Namon, said he was "protecting his store and customers."

According to police, the suspect limped out of the store and got in a van and drove off. Investigators said Namon was right behind him, chasing the suspect with one hand on the wheel while the other dialed 911 for help.

"We also ask that victims or witnesses get a good description of the suspect, car he/she is driving, and or license plate," said Det. Ken Nealy with the HPD Robbery Division. "It is a home or store owners right to protect his/her property. The shooting that took place inside was intense, and it was fortunate no one else was hurt."

The clerk chased the suspect to the intersection of Lucky and Depreist in the Acres Homes neighborhood. The suspect was taken to the hospital before going to jail. He will be charged with aggravated robbery.

Charges have not been filed against the clerk.