Here’s a tip for would-be stick-up men. A large percentage of the clerks who work in Texas’s
stop-and-rob convenience stores arm themselves. We’ve seen this ourselves, time and again. They know they’re considered juicy targets for opportunistic crooks and want the ability to protect themselves if a robber pulls a gun.
An un-named Houston man found that out the hard way last night.
The 56-year-old suspect, whose name has not yet been released, allegedly went into the Super Qwik Food Store and tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. The clerk called out the fake currency, and then the suspect made his way into the clerk’s secured area, police said. Police believe the gunman fired at least one shot, missing the clerk by just inches.
That’s when the clerk — who later told police he’d never even fired a gun before — drew his own firearm and shot the attacker “multiple times.”
How’s this for the right response from a police officer?
“Luckily and fortunately for the convenience store clerk, he had a gun with him. He was able to return fire,” said Sgt. Horn with the Houston Police Department. “The suspect or the robber collapsed here at the store. He was transported to the hospital where he died later.”
It’s always nice to hear a positive portrayal of a successful defensive gun use by those in law enforcement. Perhaps Sgt. Horn doesn’t know who runs the HPD.
Anyway, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that the unidentified robber had a criminal record and was out on parole at the time. Further recidivism is considered highly unlikely in this case.