Suspect fatally shot during robbery

May 23, 2008 3:57:13 PM PDT
A gunfight at a gas station in north Houston left an attempted robbery suspect dead. It happened at a Texaco just off the North Freeway and Mount Houston Parkway. Clerks say they've been robbed a number of times, most recently a month ago. They since decided to arm themselves to be prepared for just what happened today.

Sayed Hussein, the clerk who shot the suspect, said, "We're just trying to fight back."

Ali Abbas says he's a clerk at the Texaco, but he was off-duty at the time of the attack. Another clerk tells him two men entered the store -- one armed with a gun, the other with a knife. After jumping the counter, holding the clerk at knifepoint, rifling through his pockets and ransacking the cash register, the suspects fled.

That clerk, Abbas says, grabbed a .357 magnum they just started keeping at the store, opening fire as those suspects tried to get in their car. But the gunfire left bullet holes in the windows and flat tires, leaving the vehicle not much help as a getaway car. Police say the men fled on foot, but not before the clerk shot one of them.

Kevin Redden happened to be making a U-turn right then and saw the whole thing.

"Why I jumped out, I don't know," he said. "Just the thing to do, I guess."

Redden ditched his truck and chased one of the men across this bayou. He lost him, but came across the wounded suspect. Redden who has some medical training, says the man died before he could help.

"Watching a man die in front of you and not being able to do anything for him, it's really hard," he said.

Police are now questioning the second suspect. It's unclear if that clerk will be arrested or charged.

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