After several fireworks stands in the area had been targeted in a string of robberies, authorities say one Houston area retailer was able to take at least one of the suspects out of commission.
According to KPRC, two men pulled into the parking lot of the fireworks stand in a green Ford Mustang around 10 p.m. Tuesday. As one of the subjects sat in the vehicle, the other emerged, carrying a gun, and demanded cash from the clerk.
Shop owner Richard Treichel recalled the actions of his quick-thinking employee.
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“They told him, ‘We want the money,’ and he tried to talk them out of it,” Treichel said, “so he said, ‘I have to go to this little room and get the money.’”
It was at that time that the employee was able to retrieve his own gun and return to take on the armed robber.
“I’m just very glad he didn’t get hurt,” Treichel said. “He’s a nice guy and he didn’t deserve this.”
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Harris County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Scott Ashmore identified the shooter as an owner of the business, explaining he “got in a shootout with the suspect,” who was “hit several times” before being airlifted to a nearby hospital. Reports indicate he was admitted in critical condition.
Investigators say the men involved in this attempted robbery are suspected of being involved in the previous robberies. Authorities continued to search for the accomplice, who reportedly was able to drive away from the scene.
No one else was injured in the shooting, and there was no indication the vigilant employee would face any charges.
h/t: Bearing Arms
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