Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Bagging Another One Edition


By Brandon via

A Houston store employee shot and killed a man as he attempted to rob him at gunpoint while he was entering his work Thursday morning. The employee, who works at Ruiz Cash n Carry in Houston, was walking up to the store with a bag in his hand, ready for his shift. That’s when police say a man came up behind him and put a gun to the employee’s back, demanding cash . . .

Unbeknownst to the robber, the employee is licensed to carry concealed and happened to have his concealed handgun hidden under the bag. When he saw the opportunity, he turned around quickly to face the robber and fired multiple shots.

The robber was transported to the hospital where he later died of his injuries.

The employee was not injured.

Based on the story, it seems that this employee has a history of being prepared with his firearm underneath his bag and ready to go as he’s entering the store. It’s a great way to be one step ahead of the bad guy, and proved to be an important step Thursday morning.

It also shows the importance of carrying with a round in the chamber. Had he had an empty chamber, he likely would not have had time to chamber a round in such a close proximity to the robber.


  1. avatar Matthew Howe says:

    Never happens. Except this once.

    1. avatar Gran says:

      And this one…and that one…and this one…

      But those dont count according to the antis.

  2. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    Ruiz Cash n Carry . Well, it was a take the cash and carry it away store. So, what is the problem? I wish we had a store where I could get free cash and carry it away.

    1. avatar BlueBronco says:

      If you notice, it also comes with free “once-fired” bullets.

      1. avatar Benny the Jew says:

        Ha! XD

      2. avatar sagebrushracer says:

        Compliments of management sir, have a nice day.

      3. avatar JohnO says:

        Good point!

        1. avatar vv ind says:

          For the perp it was a “hollow point”

    2. avatar Frankster says:

      The perp failed to grasp that the store name implies “We have cash and we carry guns”.

      Later he understood. Briefly.

  3. avatar Grant S. says:

    Thief was literally blown out of his shoes, nice.

    1. avatar Tom from Pennsyltucky says:

      Lol! Yeah, must’ve shot him with his dainty .500 that he later tucked back into his ankle holster

      1. avatar Dave says:

        Looks like maybe an Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

    2. lol I was wondering about that…. why are there always shoes left at the scene?

  4. avatar No_Smoking says:

    I figured this might have been a lucky (err unlucky for the robber) encounter.. I’ve heard that you should never draw on someone that has a gun already pointed at you.

    1. avatar John L. says:

      I’ve heard that too, but the way I read it, the guy’s gun was already drawn – hidden under the bag. All he had to do, then, was aim.

      Perhaps most importantly, he wouldn’t be making a move the thief would easily interpret as “I’m going to try to shoot you first.”

  5. avatar Vhyrus says:

    Cash n carry, the sign says it all… guess the perp should have asked WHAT he was carrying first.

    1. avatar Tom from Pennsyltucky says:

      He asked for cash, didn’t ask if he was carrying.

  6. avatar Danny Griffin says:

    Comment at

    so nice of channel 2 to go out of the way to tell all would be robbers what this guys standard M.O. is.

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      I highly doubt anyone is going to target that particular establishment in the near future.

      1. avatar Will says:

        assuming that the criminal type keeps up with the news. “smart” criminals, maybe, but i wouldnt give anyone too much credit

  7. avatar Gatha58 says:

    Tough lesson for the BG in this case. Guess he won’t be doing that again. Still, took a lot of guts to fire on someone that is that close and has a gun pointed at you.

    1. avatar BIG AL says:

      I have to disagree. Handing over your money doesn’t guarantee your life won’t be taken. At least using your CCW gives you a chance.

      1. avatar Bruce Frank says:

        With him holding the gun under the bag, all he had to do was say, “Here’s the money,” and turn around. As he proffers the bag, pull the trigger.

  8. avatar Paul53 says:

    Chalk up another cure for the old “hot lead enema!”

  9. avatar Steve says:

    Looks like he knocked his socks off

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      um… I think those are shoes….

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        I think you meant “chooz,” esé.

        1. avatar foggy says:


        2. avatar nynemillameetuh says:

          Dass rayciss, you bastid.

        3. avatar Geoff PR says:

          “Dass rayciss, you bastid.”

          Lighten up, Vladamir…


  10. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    On the video it says owner. The article says employee…it makes a difference-a big difference.

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      I dunno mang… I theenk da goy is steel ded, essay!

      1. avatar Former Water Walker says:

        Not my point…allowing employees to have guns-a good thing . 1000000!?!

        1. avatar Vhyrus says:

          NO!!! MY GUN!

  11. avatar Omer Baker says:

    Unless you’re carrying an antique single action revolver, you shouldn’t have an empty chamber. Plain and simple.

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      Even then, its debatable.

    2. avatar Cliff H says:

      IN the days when men carried those old revolvers they did in fact keep an empty chamber under the hammer. It is well established, however, that if they expected trouble and had the time they made sure to fill up the sixth slot.

      1. avatar bob says:

        Happy endings! One empty chamber on on a revolver is a different reason. Revolver still went bang when you pulled the trigger.

    3. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Unless you’re carrying an antique single action revolver, you shouldn’t have an empty chamber. Plain and simple.”

      Back then it was common courtesy to have a ten-dollar bill in that chamber to pay for your funeral…

      1. avatar JSF01 says:

        That’s a myth, and would have been an incredily stupid thing to do. If you got into a fire fight the money would be pretty baddly burned with a good chance of being completly un useable after shooting the pistol. Second unlike the movies, people were generally not standing around shooting each other and it was over with only a couple of shots. Once in a fire fight it is incredibly stupid to stick with only 5 rounds when you can have 6 as that extra bullet might mean the differeance between life and death. Third even if you did decide to stick with only loading 5 chambers at a time, in the middle of a firefight keeping track of the cylinder that is now rendered unusable is going to be extreamly difficult and the stumbling it can cuse might cost you your life too. There is no good reason to do that instead of just keeping the oney in your pocket.

    4. avatar CentralIL says:

      Yes. I can’t believe this even needs to be said.

  12. avatar Bruce says:

    Good shoot.

  13. avatar Accur81 says:

    It’s not just the good guy who wins. Society wins as well. One less violent criminal permanently off the streets.

    1. avatar Chadwick P. says:

      Bingo! Libtards just don’t understand the math behind violent crime.

      1. avatar Accur81 says:

        They don’t understand the math behind much of anything. Example: $18,000,000,000,000.00 plus in debt? No big deal.

        1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

          I think it was Reagan that said, ‘A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money.’

        2. avatar Danny Griffin says:

          That was Everett Dirksen (maybe). I thought it was Proxmire.

        3. avatar Geoff PR says:

          It was a modern adaption of Senator Everett Dirksen’s earlier quote of “A million here, a million there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money!”.

        4. avatar Chadwick P. says:

          But I heard that our economy is doing so well… That debt thing seams to tell a different story.

        5. avatar Gran says:

          People tend to think the govt doesnt have to follow rules…like math.

          But then again, the govt hasnt been following most rules so…

        6. avatar Chadwick P. says:

          The sad thing is that sooner or later the mountain of debt comes back to haunt us.

    2. avatar Yama says:

      I was just thinking this as well. Someone who is willing to violently cut corners in life has no place in civilized society

  14. avatar JWM says:

    Wonder what size them sneaks is…..

    1. avatar Raven says:

      Don’t think I’d want them. Bet one’s filled with surprised crap. 😀

      1. avatar JWM says:

        The crap wasn’t surprised. The guy that manufactered it, now he was surprised.

  15. avatar Darkstar says:

    Nice. Always like to see trash taken off the streets. Everyday carry folks. Everyday.

  16. avatar Rokurota says:

    Was it a plastic shopping bag? Where’s all the hate for bag carry?

    1. avatar JWM says:

      Does this qualify as off body carry?

      1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

        Well, technically I guess if the gun is in your hand it’s not really ‘off body’.

  17. avatar Dustin says:

    Victims are the first responders.

    1. avatar Bruce Frank says:

      Dustin, THAT is likely the most perfect thought I have ever read!

  18. avatar Frank says:

    Another one bites the dust.

  19. avatar Paul53 says:

    If anybody can tell what size the sneakers are, I might make an offer to his estate.

  20. avatar forrest says:

    Shot him right out of his shoes…

  21. avatar ThomasR says:

    Predators. I think this would go under, if you live by the sword, you will die by the sword.

  22. avatar FedUp says:

    So, with the police saying a robber stuck a gun in his back, Harris County is dragging him in front of a Grand Jury. I guess I just don’t understand Texas justice, especially the Houston/Austin varieties.

  23. avatar Frank says:

    But was his soul killed as well?

    1. avatar Kevin says:

      It might have been, but we can’t be sure since it doesn’t say whether he used a .45 (and we all know only a .45 kills souls)

  24. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    “Based on the story, it seems that this employee has a history of being prepared with his firearm underneath his bag and ready to go as he’s entering the store. It’s a great way to be one step ahead of the bad guy, and proved to be an important step Thursday morning.”

    I hate to be “that guy” but … a much more important “way to be one step ahead of the bad guy” is to see the bad guy coming before he is behind you and puts a gun to your back. Situational awareness and all.

  25. avatar Rick Eyerly says:

    Good job.

  26. avatar Bob in Washington says:

    He really bagged the bad guy. Tag’em and bag’em.

  27. avatar Will says:

    at least he had enough foresight to be legally carrying in the first place

  28. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    This also shows the one big advantage to off body carry, the ability to actually have the firearm in hand without drawing attention to yourself. Other than that, off body is generally a bad idea, but if you’re carrying a bag which could easily be assumed to hold a large amount of cash, off body could save your life.

  29. avatar Andrew says:

    Situational awareness indeed. Beginning and end of shift are the times people are less aware of surrounding.

  30. avatar Samuel Marchant says:

    Apparently this anti-gun group feels the problem is using a few fingers less , HOWEVER, without firearms it is usually a lot of blood and limbs alike a recent culprit in Boston!

    The pistols have been illegal in Australia since around 1902(around Australia’s year of Federation). whether a knife , lump of wood , iron bar , most ad-hoc weapon systems of killing or fighting causes horrendous injuries.

    This invites his name as nick-name to be used people (whom take for granted a firearm will always be there to cleanly harm or kill from either perspective in a crime problem to remember what happens if they have only alternate methods) to remember what the injury result often can equal.

    The “Boston Bomber”(non firearm attacker) is the equal of many of these medieval and prehistoric equipment that replaces the firearm as can be seen by the photographs of victims that day near the marathon finish after the bomb detonated showing the terrible similarity of wounds and number of dead(only two dead).

    The below then deserve to be referred to as “Boston Bomber” or “would be Boston Bomber”

    “Teenage Boston Bomber”

    “Home invading Boston Bomber”

    “Another home invading Boston Bomber”

    Machete, axe used in bloody home invasion April 21, 2011

    …Boston Bomber”

    …Boston Bomber”

    …Boston Bomber”

    …Boston Bomber”

    …Boston Bomber”

    This here is the most simplified form of the “Boston Bomber” with two knife victims

    The list goes on…..

    (You may be interested to know that the following is illegal in Britain and its commonwealth countries but there are various weapons in houses around in Australia) This following IS NOT Australian footage or incident!

    But it is what it can become easily in Australia or Britain in your house (the people in the house won this one but it can appear the opposite)!

    Redo of Bob Englehart’s cartoon because it does not show what occurs after gun control is in place…

    I almost forgot!!! The Khmer Rouge kept old gun barrels to execute death sentenced prisoners at the burial pits “because bullets cost too much” and they don’t use money and had very little resources , they used a “method of two strikes to the rear of the head using the bare gun barrel” , aside that, the machete on millions of people!


    1. avatar BierceAmbrose says:

      Interesting list of non-gun deadly weapons being used for mayhem, in fact.

      Many people hate to be reminded that there are dangerous things everywhere – it’ll wind them up every time. Noting that we are at risk from the ill behaviour of other people; that we exist in civilization on sufferance, makes people glitch.

      During the most recent Federal gun control spasm, why do people need guns came up with a work acquaintance. People don’t need them, and they’re dangerous, it seems. And “People shouldn’t have something that dangerous.”

      So, “need”, and bad statistics from the other side of the convesation, but people shouldn’t have dangerous things is the hook. So says I, “Well, putting aside ‘need’ for the moment, people do dangerous things all the time.”

      “Not dangerous to other people.”

      “You ever been hit by a 3,000 pound metal-clad land-missile, meaning a car?”

      We exist in modern civilization on sufferance. It’s a mutual non-aggression pact, that lets you walk down the street, leave your stuff at home & come back to find it, and, indeed, converse with holders of contrary opinions with words vs. kinetic persuasion.

      It’s more pervasive than that. The many conveniences of *modern* civilization are dangerous, if applied that way. They are applied without ill effect only through skilled, narrow use. We are surrounded by a tremendous inventory of dangerous things which let us live the expansive lives we’re used to.

      There’s a brilliant XKCD cartoon about this where one of the recurring stick-characters going through TSA scans rips on the other dangerous stuff they casually let through, starting with laptop batteries. I nearly had a similar experience, for real, when a heightened-threat swab screen twigged, and I asked how that could happen. I almost broke down the chemistry of what the detector had to be looking for after the agent’s casual comment “Sometimes it hits on *this stuff*.” Lucky for me, I caught myself before talking my way into a trip to Langley. (I’m science literate. Lock me up, or something.)

      Anyway, with my “people don’t do dangerous things” acquaintance I observed that we allocate vast swaths of specially prepared surfaces to cars to allow them to be used at all without crashing, and separate from all other uses, to keep the careening bludgeons from killing everyone else. Yet we still have, and accept, massive death and injury rates from this dangerous power wielded for the convenience of getting places faster. Indeed, drivers of cars, defended by bumpers, crumple-zones, aribags and belts, don’t often hit themselves.

      Then it got real. “I don’t know. I’m not nervous around cars. People with guns make me uncomfortable.”

      Oh my. There it is. “Those people” make someone uncomfortable. They are doing this strange thing. So they shouldn’t be permitted to do what they like. Or is a natural, civil and constitutionally recognized human right. I didn’t make that argument at that time, as it’s a bit of a leap. Better to point out the provincialism of folks who like to think themselves broad-minded. So, we had a lovely, inconclusive chat about the dangers, and dangerous tools in normal life. So, the danger argument doesn’t hold, and “those people are just weird” my temporary-colleague was unwilling to embrace, and good for him. We never got to “need”, though I did offer to make a positive argument in favour.

      My colleague withdrew to firm up his wilful ignroance – to push out of his mind the risk in his life every day. I think that guns are rejected by some folks because they pierce the denial that our world is full of dangerous things. The other motive, I think, behind the noise, is the reminder that we can act on our own behalf, and are responsible for doing so. All the anti arguments come down to these two in the end: our world is safe, and it isn’t up to us to take care of ourselves anyway.

      Reality is otherwise. We hold other people’s well-being in hour bare hands even, all the time. A gun, dangerous as one might be, mainly equalizes the potential. I’ve noted elsewhere that that football player’s GF who was shot a couple years back, was in the presence of a deadly weapon every time that guy was in the room, gun or no. She lived on sufferance. I would live on sufferance in his presence as well. That is, unless I happen to have an equalizing weapon, like a gun.

  31. avatar younggun21 says:

    Brutally honest? Commenting just for the chance at a free gun

  32. avatar Red in Texas says:

    Another one bites the dust

  33. avatar Stephen says:

    Another one bites the dust.

  34. avatar Colt Magnum says:

    Well, at least the bad guy went out doing what he loved.

  35. avatar Nick Meyer says:

    Looks like he forgot his kicks

  36. avatar Roland says:

    Shot him so hard he disintegrated. Maybe, werewolf? Maybe silver bullets?

  37. avatar JetJockChunk says:

    Is it just me, or does it seem like everyone one of these stories come from Houston? What’s up with that place?

    Also: am I number 1,000,000 yet? Haha

  38. avatar emfourty gasmask says:

    Sheesh lots of comments lately lol

  39. avatar Bryan says:

    Am I the I,000,000 th yet?

    1. avatar Bryan says:

      How about …..NOW?!

      1. avatar stokeslawyer says:

        definitely now

  40. avatar KC says:

    If legally and civilly possible, it would be really educational to have follow-up articles / discussions on what happens to these self-defense shootings. While justified, we all know that it begins a trail of legal burden, gun confiscation, and potentially even future threats to the shooter/family.

  41. avatar Chris in Sc says:

    Are we at 1,000,000 yet?

  42. avatar David says:

    I hope the grand jury doesn’t use the fact that he had the gun in his hand ready to shoot against him…

  43. avatar Donald Rowe says:

    Gonna get what you give…also why are his shoes there and not on him.

  44. avatar Katy says:

    Stay classy, Houston.

    Still, this is why, as much as I want to get out of Texas, I’m not going back to MD. Houston’s a dump, but O’Malley and the legislature left the entire state in shambles, even the once livable Frederick-westward region.

    1. avatar ghost says:

      Wish you well in getting out of Texas. People that don’t like Texas should not come here, those that are already here and don’t like it, should leave. Maybe not as easy as it sounds, but please do your best to get out and stay out. Don’t let the gate hit you in the butt.

  45. avatar greaterfool says:

    The employee will be charged with murder and the family members of the robber files civil lawsuit against the employer
    Kalifornia logic for today.

  46. avatar Model66 says:

    Like any good action movie, I bet this guy flew across the parking lot and landed in a street vendor’s fruit stand after flying out of his shoes.

  47. avatar The man says:

    Wow, I am without words.

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