Southeast Houston store employee, 21, charged after fatally shooting shoplifter in back, HPD says

Antonio Batres, 21, has been charged with murder. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – A store employee who confronted and killed a shoplifter has been charged in the man’s death, according to Houston police.

Antonio E. Batres, 21, is charged with murder.

The shooting happened in the 7400 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Police said, on that day, a 49-year-old man was attempting to shoplift from a store where Batres was working.

When Batres and a few other employees confronted the shoplifter, things got physical.

During the altercation, Batres pulled out a gun and shot the shoplifter multiple times. He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Police determined that the shoplifter’s back was turned when Batres opened fire and charges were filed against him in the case.

The identity of the victim is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.