Suspect in Cracker Barrel manager murder shot and killed by deputies, HCSO confirms

Court records show that the suspect was out on bond for another case during the Cracker Barrel shooting

28-year-old Nathan Humphrey was identified as the shooter in the Cracker Barrel murder, according to deputies. Humphrey was shot to death during an arrest attempt by Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies. (KPRC)

ATASCOCITA – A 28-year-old man accused of shooting a Cracker Barrel manager to death over the weekend was shot and killed by deputies Monday evening.

Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said around 6 p.m. two undercover officers with the violent criminal warrants squad were watching Nathan Humphrey after receiving numerous tips that connected him to Saturday’s shooting at Cracker Barrel.

According to investigators, Humphrey was walking down West Lake Parkway when the undercover officers got out of their vehicle, followed him on foot, and then called his name. When Humphrey noticed the officers, investigators said he started running and turned around and gestured as if he had a gun. Moments later, the two officers opened fire, shooting Humphrey multiple times.

He was transported to the hospital where he later died.

The sheriff’s department is crediting the finding of Humphrey with what they say was an outpouring of calls.

Investigators said Humphrey is the man who shot and killed 59-year-old Robin Baucom at the Cracker Barrel restaurant in north Harris County.

Baucom was killed after authorities said she tried to block two men from entering the restaurant during an attempted robbery.

Humphrey has a lengthy criminal history that dates back to 2011. In August of last year, Humphrey was arrested four times on separate charges, which included a terroristic threat, criminal trespassing, assault on a family member and burglary. Court records also showed he was on probation until 2025.

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