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Lawyer for man who shot burglar extended hand and ready to talk, HPD reports

A lawyer who claimed to represent a client who shot and killed a man who robbed a restaurant in southwest Houston last week has contacted Houston police.

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3:42 p.m. CST, January 8, 2023

3:42 p.m. CST, January 8, 2023

HOUSTON. The Houston Police Department said a lawyer who claimed to represent a client who shot and killed a man who robbed a restaurant in southwest Houston last week contacted them and said his client was ready to talk.

The incident took place shortly before 11:30 p.m. Thursday at Tuckeria Ranch on S. Gessner near Bellaire Boulevard.

Police officers were looking for a man who was seen on video footage shooting at a robber. The man has not been charged with a crime, but police said they wanted to talk to him to get his side of the story.

What happened

Police said an armed man wearing a mask entered the restaurant and demanded money and wallets from customers. As he was leaving, one of the clients pulled out a gun and shot the suspect several times.

After the shooting, the same buyer took the stolen money from the robber and returned it to other patrons, police said.

According to authorities, the rest of the people in the restaurant left the scene before police arrived.

Police later said the burglar did not have a real weapon.

“The suspect in the robbery … entered the store wearing a mask and gloves,” Police Lieutenant Wilkens said. “He had a plastic gun, maybe an airsoft gun, or maybe a small BB gun.”

No one else in the restaurant was hurt.

Was the shooting justified?

KHOU legal analyst Carmen Rowe said the shooting appears to have happened in self-defense, but understands why police still want to talk to the shooter.

“One of the reasons law enforcement is looking for this man is to find out if he feared for his life or the lives of those around him, because that is absolutely necessary for a self-defense claim under the law,” Rowe said. . “If you have the right to fire the first bullet, you have the right to keep firing until the deadly threat is gone.”

Nathan Beadle works for the Harris County District Attorney’s office. He said that Texas law describes specific cases regarding robbery by threat or aggravated robbery when lethal force is considered justified.

“I can tell you exactly where it is in the law: 9.31 and 9.32 of the criminal code,” Beadle said. “If someone uses deadly force in a situation, it is considered proper under Texas law.”

Rowe said it didn’t matter if the gun used in the robbery was fake because the threat was real.

“Everyone in that restaurant clearly believed it was a real gun,” she said.

The customer who shot the suspect left the restaurant after the shooting. Many asked if he was legally required to stay until the police arrived.

“Staying there to answer questions is very important. This is what I, as a lawyer, would advise him to do, but at the same time, you do not have to stay in place in such a situation, ”Rowe said.

The restaurant owner and employees call the visitor a hero.

The police also hope to question all the patrons who were at the restaurant that night. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Houston police.



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