Store clerk fights back against armed men

January 15, 2009 8:19:51 AM PST
Police say a store clerk turned the tables on a pair of robbers overnight.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

It happened at the Lone Ranger Market on Aldine Bender at Airline around 11:30pm. Police say the clerk shot the two armed men after they entered his store.

According to the clerk, he was closing the store for the night when two men walked into the store and demanded money. The clerk had two guns. One was on the counter. The other was in his waistband.

One of the suspects grabbed the gun on the counter and allegedly held it to the clerk's head while the other suspect searched the store for cash.

Fearing for his life, the clerk pulled the gun he had in his waistband and fired at least twice. He hit one suspect in the chest and stomach. The other suspect ran to the front of the store and the clerk shot him as well.

Even though they were both wounded, the suspects managed to get in their car and drive off. But they didn't get very far.

"They left in a vehicle and went down the road and called for help from that point," said Officer Jeff Brieden with the Houston Police Department. "Officers were also called to that location and found both suspects shot."

Emergency crews took both men to the hospital.

Investigators believe the two suspects may be connected to a string of robberies. The investigation is ongoing.

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