Officer kills suspect after store shooting

A suspect was fatally shot by a police officer during a gas station robbery

September 9, 2011 4:41:16 PM PDT
An off-duty South Houston Police officer happened upon a robbery in progress and fatally shot the suspect Friday afternoon.

Investigators are still investigating the scene of the shooting at a gas station on College. It began as a robbery with a suspect running out of the conveniece store and into the sight of an off-duty city of South Houston police officer.

The suspect, say authorities, was in the process of robbing store when two employees of a neighboring business went into the store as customers. South Houston Police Chief Herbert Gilbert says both employees were shot by the suspect.

An off-duty, but uniformed, officer who was pumping gas saw the robbery and exchanged gunfire with the suspect as he came out of the store. It wasn't immediately know how many times the suspect was shot or if he fired back at the officer.

"It's not clear at this time, but what we have here in this parking lot is at least nine shots," Gilbert said. "After engaging here, there was a short foot chase one block away and the suspect went down about a block and half from here."

The suspect died at the scene. The conditions of the injured customers are unknown at this time, but one was shot in the back and the other shot in the stomach. Both of them have been hospitalized.

The names of everyone involved in the shooting have not been released.

Stay with ABC13 Eyewitness News for the latest on this developing story.

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