Shootout between customer, robber at north Harris County gas station leaves 1 dead, 1 hurt

HOUSTON – A shootout between an accused robber and a customer at a north Harris County gas station left the robber dead and the customer injured, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say at about 4 p.m. Friday, a robber went to a Valero gas station near the intersection of Farm-to-Market 1960 and Cypresswood Drive, near the northeastern edge of George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The suspect tried to rob a customer at the gas station who was armed, deputies say.

“I had two males exchange gunfire. I have one male that is deceased on scene and then I have another male that has been transported to the hospital," Harris County Sheriff’s Office Lt. David Klozik said.

The customer and the suspect exchanged gunfire which resulted in the robber being shot and killed, officials say.

“There was a bout 11-12 shots like a binary trigger... you would hear, ‘Pop! Pop! Pop!’" Crystal Bryant, a witness, said.

The customer was shot four times in the exchange and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening but serious injuries. The customer is expected to survive, deputies say.

Meanwhile, witnesses said the shootout kept them on edge.

“Nothing is worth the bloodshed,” Bryant said.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the suspect first robbed the gas station.

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