Houston Convenience Store Clerk Dodges a Bullet, Then Shoots and Kills Gunman [VIDEO]

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.

From KHOU:

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.



  1. avatar enuf says:

    Read about this one earlier in the news. Turned out well, hope the clerk gets to keep his job, we al know how that can play out for convenience store clerks who defend themselves.

    Even if unemployed, better to be alive and unemployed than the other option!!!!!!!

    1. avatar Darkman says:

      Doesn’t appear to be a chain store (7/11, Quik Trip etc). Who are well known for firing employees who defend themselves. Most likely privately owned and hit before. That’s why the clerk was armed. Someone in that neck of the woods needs to buy that person a beer and a couple of boxes of ammo. Just for practice purposes of course. Keep’n Their Powder Dry.

      1. avatar Prndll says:

        Yeah he might end up losing his job and this is certainly a bad time for that. But he walks out on his feet instead of being carried out in a body bag.

        Lesson to be learned for new gun owners. Everyone really. Don’t just own it, carry it (loaded).

      2. avatar Noamsaying says:

        Yep, that is a rather sketchy part of Houston.

        1. avatar Specialist38 says:

          Er…..that would be…..Houston.

      3. avatar Don from CT says:

        He probably needs a new gun also. His current one will be taken “for evidence” for a few months.

    2. avatar former water walker says:

      BREAKING! Tucker is talking to pink shirt guy in a few minutes😃😎😏

    3. avatar guest says:

      Games, prizes, etc.

  2. avatar Dude says:

    “Records show the suspect had a criminal past, and was out on parole for a similar crime.” What? No way. I’ve never heard that one before. Next I suppose they’ll say he was prohibited, and shouldn’t have even had a gun.

    1. avatar Ronbusman says:

      He was just getting his life together. A senior, ready to graduate from Street Thug Academy. This was probably his graduation thesis. Soooo much promise in da hood……bolo…..blew it!!!! Gene pool cleansed, again.

      1. avatar Sum dum bum says:

        He was just trying to get fresh for college.

    2. avatar Leigh says:

      But he must have passed a background check…right? /s
      We must disarm the law-abiding so criminals have a fighting chance…
      CLM = criminal lives matter
      or is that not allowed any more…judicially involved…something like that…

      1. avatar Biatec says:

        Obviously we need to send more tax payer money to the nics system.


        1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

          Obviously we need something in addition to NICS, since it didn’t prevent this crime. Another layer of bureaucracy would do it, for sure, honest this time, it really will. With an assigned panel of “experts” not directly accountable to the public.


        2. avatar Dude says:

          I’m sure Lize Warren has a plan for that! She’s great at creating unaccountable bureaucracies.

          Chief Justice John Roberts declared the CFPB’s single director structure unconstitutional. “The CFPB Director has no boss, peers, or voters to report to,”

        3. avatar Ing says:

          Universal background checks. There’s no way he could’ve been armed if background checks were required for EVERY transfer of a firearm. No way at all. Nope. It would’ve been harder to get a gun than a hamburger, and he would’ve gone to McDonald’s instead (and probably attempted to rob them, but that’s beside the point).

        4. avatar Rob says:

          It’s the counterfeit $20 caused all the problems. Maybe we need more restrictive “Common sense currency control” laws.

      2. avatar Ed Schrade says:

        There is no criminals anymore, only legally challenged people.

    3. avatar Someone says:

      Out on parole for similar crime, huh?
      So what punishment awaits those who let this criminal out of the cage?

  3. avatar Leigh says:

    Watch the crook’s family try to sue for wrongful death.
    Well…heck…he didn’t actually shoot you. He missed. Why’d you have to kill him?
    We want $6M. And what does his 20 other arrests/convictions have to do with anything?
    He was getting ready to go back to college…and start a rap career… .
    Make that $10M.

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      A rap career. Where have I heard that before?

      Oh yes…skip to marker 06:00 to get to the “exclusive” interview with ‘ol Rapper Razberry. Posted five days ago on June 25:

    2. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

      My boy didn’t need to get kilt for a twenty. Why didn’t he shoot him in the leg or something?

      Fuck’em. I have had enough of these idiots.

      1. avatar George Washington says:

        Me too…. lol
        Seriously…. me too…. i’ve had it…. i’m waiting for my turn on the MonkeyLM train….

  4. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time,as in forever.

  5. avatar Dennis says:

    How’s that bail reform workin for y’all?

    1. avatar Neil says:

      Why the heck were so many released.

      At least this one won’t be a repeat offender.

    2. avatar SAFEupstateFML says:

      Lit since January 1st.

  6. avatar Steve says:

    A pillar in society I’m sure, in Spring Texas some guys from little York decapitated our fueler…it wasn’t the fact you were armed, it was if you had enough firepower

  7. avatar American Patriot says:

    They didn’t mention the Race…..Tells me all the color I need to know!

    1. avatar jwm says:

      The guy that shot the two cops in Tulsa was white. The dude that shot a woman over a flag was white.

      Or does it only matter if the perp is non white?

      1. avatar Someone says:

        Of course not. A criminal is a criminal. But only white perpetrator’s race is ever mentioned in the news. I’m not sure if it means that his race is presumed if not stated or that journalists have a narrative to push🤔.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          confederate flag boy has his own agenda to push.

        2. avatar Serpent_Vision says:

          Anyone who combines “American Patriot” with Confederate symbology is hard to take seriously.

        3. avatar Joel says:

          I thought it was a NAZI flag? Either way, he has a right to fly it, and I have a right to be upset about it. And he has a right to shoot me if I go on his property and try and take it from him. Even if he is a scumbag nazi lover…. first amendment and all..

    2. avatar drunkEODguy says:

      you stink of false flag agitator bud. I mean how hard would it be to post some baity type stuff with some dumb overwrought pseudonym over and over again in order to finally get one of the extremist dregs that frequent the internet to post something icky so the whole of TTAG readership can be castigated as klansmen or the like. Food for thought.

  8. avatar Scooter says:

    Releasing violent felons, legal gun sales up… sounds like this may be a self correcting problem over time. Get trained and practice proper pewing!

    1. avatar Neil says:

      This was an untrained individual who somehow did it right. I agree, practice.

      1. avatar jwtaylor says:

        I’m not likely to believe the “never fired a gun before” line, but I might use it!

        1. avatar Noamsaying says:

          Maybe he just got lucky with a mag dump.

        2. avatar 4808 N says:

          Makes me wonder how it would have gone down with Karen and Ken in their fashionable St. Louis enclave.

  9. avatar Jimmy James says:

    Bravo! Well done sir.

  10. avatar JOLJ says:

    Did not see this on CNN.

  11. avatar former water walker says:

    Anyone catch the counterfeit $20?!? Weren’t we told it ain’t a big deal when the “hero” felon George Floyd passed one??? When I worked at a gas station over 40 years ago I was responsible for fake currency and loss thereof. Jus sayin’ 😃😎😏

  12. avatar Kevin says:

    and not one matrix reference?

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    Seems like this store might be part of small chain. There was an incident at a store in Channelview, TX early last month. The clerk was shot in the neck but survived.


  14. avatar strych9 says:

    I’m confused by the “tip”.

    Is the lesson here to not rob convenience stores in Texas or is the lesson that if you do rob convenience stores in Texas to plant one in the clerk right off the bat?

    Seems like this should be clarified one way or the other lest aspiring robbers get confused, such an open ended “tip” is ripe for misinterpretation.

    1. avatar George Washington says:

      You’re such a mouth breather…. stfu

      1. avatar Someone says:

        Dunning Kruger much?

      2. avatar strych9 says:

        No all caps yelling? Ya slippin’.

        Breath deep off that cannula in your nose fatboy and remember to recharge your obesity chariot in case you need to make a moderately paced escape.

  15. avatar 007 says:

    “never even fired a gun before”? This is very irresponsible on the side of the store clerk.

    1. avatar John Paul says:

      Irresponsible? Please explain?

      Did you get special training for your chainsaw?

      1. avatar 007 says:

        I usually do not buy chainsaws, but when i do i do not buy it for saving my life.

    2. avatar strych9 says:

      Never even fired it until he shot at the perp a second time… and maybe even a third or forth.

      Not sure how I’d take hearing that.

      Q:”You ever shot a gun before?”

      A:”Yeah, a few times. The guy died.”

      1. avatar Montana Actual says:

        A handshake would be my initial reaction.

        1. avatar strych9 says:

          I think I’d ask some further questions to rule out murder and repeated “negligent” discharges before I shook the person’s hand.

        2. avatar Montana Actual says:

          It’s called an (insert location here) pop, and it’s not murder if no one finds out.

  16. avatar Hannibal says:

    “The clerk called out the fake currency, and then the suspect made his way into the clerk’s secured area, police said. ”

    Apparently not THAT secured…

  17. avatar Matt in Oklahoma says:

    He shoulda called a social worker to bring him a good 20

    1. avatar Montana Actual says:

      He tried. None picked up.

  18. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    The good news is this turdnugget is dead, never to commit another crime on the citizenry be rebased early only to be a recidivist, ever again.
    Ding dong the turdnugget is dead.

    1. avatar George Washington says:

      Lol….. now THAT’S some funny stuff right there…….

  19. avatar Dale Menard says:

    Mr. Darwin to the courtesy phone, Mr. Darwin.

    1. avatar Noamsaying says:

      Unfortunately, ths perp was well, well into breeding age.

  20. avatar Ralph says:

    “The 56-year-old suspect . . . tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill.”

    Didn’t George Floyd get killed for the same thing?

    1. avatar Prndll says:

      Interesting coincidence.

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      This guy didn’t get killed for trying to pass a counterfeit bill. He got killed for attacking someone.

      1. avatar Prndll says:

        Perhaps, but trying to pass fake money is what started the whole thing in both cases.

        1. avatar Hannibal says:

          That’s just the sort of narrative that leads to statements like “Rayshard Brooks got killed for being drunk at Wendy’s!” or “Trayvon Martin got killed for walking to the store for skittles!”

        2. avatar Prndll says:

          That makes no sense. Passing counterfeit money is a federal crime. Being drunk like that is more of a misdemeanor offense. The thing to keep in mind about all this is that starting with something small and end up getting amplified without any reason to is at the heart of it. What grown adult does NOT understand that it’s a crime to pass fake money?

        3. avatar Hannibal says:

          What grown man doesn’t know not to drive drunk? Which is more likely to kill someone, being DUI or passing a bad bill?

          It doesn’t really matter. Neither one causes anyone to be shot. Which was the point I was making- someone can surrender after a bank robbery or fight to the death over jaywalking. The underlying crime doesn’t matter because they’re not being punished for it.

        4. avatar Prndll says:

          @ Hannibal
          Should a person lose their life for it? I don’t think so.

          I see it as interesting that it all starts with criminal activity and then gets needlessly escalated. That escalation is what results in death. But I cannot escape the fact that if the criminal activity (passing fake money) were not there, everyone could have simply gone about their daily lives.

  21. avatar John Paul says:

    “never even fire a gun before”

    That real kills the narrative. You need lots of special training by “experts” to protect yourself, which I can’t find in the US Constitution or Bill of Rights.

    Should you at least get some safety training so you don’t “shoot your eye out”? YES!

    I would be interested if anyone can find what weapon and caliber. Just curious? I’m thinking a revolver or striker fire.

    1. avatar Serpent_Vision says:

      Also apparently ignorant of the “fact” that the gun is more a danger to himself than to anyone else.🙄

  22. avatar Prndll says:

    Perhaps a gun range will consider this guy for a job as a range officer.

    1. avatar John Paul says:

      Well, he’s he’s now more of an “expert” than many who claim to be “experts”.

      Some of the Range Officer’s I’ve seen he may be overqualified.

      What was that line by Bruce Willis……”Surprise [email protected]@ker”

  23. avatar Specialist38 says:


    The store clerk could not possible have used a firearm to defend himself with uber, high-speed training…….including throwing the gun down after the shoot.

    He could never hit his attacker and even if he did, he would be killed by police for not knowing how to kow-tow to 5-0.

    And no mention of his trying to de-escalate the situation or using pepper spray and a stun gun before ventilating that POS. Oh the horror!

    Snarking aside…..kudos to the clerk. Hope he can deal with the stress.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      I kinda hope he was using a revolver and cocked it before he shot the SOB.

  24. avatar Hoodlum says:

    I just love a story with a happy ending.

  25. avatar WI Patriot says:

    Someone lives outside the “Matrix”…

  26. avatar sdfgsdg says:

    Beginner’s luck, but good job Mr. store clerk.

  27. The robber was not a “suspect.” He was right there on camera apparently. Enough with the suspect thing.

    1. avatar doesky2 says:

      Stupid Leftist (BIRM) journalism book of rules that everybody is a suspect until convicted in a court of law.

      Meanwhile, the suspect John Wilkes Booth….

    2. avatar enuf says:

      I “suspect” that the “alleged” armed robber is deader than a mackerel. But I’ll wait on a trial by jury to declare him to be “Certtifed Worm Food”, based upon evidence presented in court and beyond a reasonab le doubt of his deadness.

      Would surely not want to see the alleged dead guy’s alleged rights trampled upon by allegations that are merely alleged to be true.

      1. avatar B says:

        According to the news, the perp was supposedly struck numerous times before dying at the hospital. I guess that makes it Holy Mackerel.

      2. avatar ironhead says:

        Read this like v for vebdetta

  28. avatar B says:

    When I saw [Video] attached to the header, I wasn’t expecting a news reel. I was hoping to see the security camera footage, or did I miss it somewhere? But, good to know the clerk prevailed. I watched the other news reels and a longer clip of the same video came on about 4 clips later. In this clip the officer stated that the perp was black. Interesting that the first video clip was shortened, but the question came up in this thread.

  29. avatar Hugh Glass says:

    So much for all that training he’s supposed to have. It’s not that hard people. Point it at the thug and pull the trigger. No weekend Rambo cosplay necessary. Well done.

  30. avatar Imayeti says:

    Finishing in second place in a gun battle must suck.

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Especially when started the shit and fired first. Doohhhh!

  31. avatar PMac says:

    “Further recidivism is considered highly unlikely in this case.” Bahahaaha. Didnt read anyone else’s comments, but hopefully someone noted that clever addition to the article at the end. Made me laugh. Thank you, I enjoy cleverness.

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