Suspect in Cracker Barrel shooting died after being shot by deputies, authorities say

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A suspect in the deadly Cracker Barrel shooting has died after he was shot by deputies in northeast Harris County, authorities said.

The shooting happened at about 6 p.m. Monday in the 17700 block of W. Lake Houston Parkway. Authorities said deputies had been watching him all day and were attempting to make an arrest, when he ran from them.

During the chase, the suspect reportedly made gestures as if he were pointing a weapon at the deputies. At that, the deputies opened fire and shot the man, who was taken to the hospital where he later died, authorities said.

Two employees at a car wash across the street heard what happened.

Miya Archer said, "I'm just greeting the customers, and then all of a sudden I hear a lot of gun shots going off. Everyone started running over here, so I ran over here and there's a man on the ground."

"I was honestly shocked, because I didn't know what was going on at first. Then, I had to start wrapping everything together and putting two and two together, as well," Tristan Crosby added.

Although the suspect's name has not been released, authorities said he had two felony warrants out, and believe he was the suspect who shot 59-year-old Robin Baucom to death as she tried to help an employee during an attempted robbery at Cracker Barrel.

The robbery happened Saturday morning. Deputies said Baucom was at work before the restaurant opened. Another employee, waiting to be let in around 6:15 a.m., was approached by two men in a Dodge Charger. According to deputies, the man in the passenger seat got out of the car and tried to steal the employee's purse.

Baucom came to the employee's rescue and let her in while pushing back on the door to stop the man who was forcing himself inside. That's when the suspect took out a gun and shot Baucom, who later died at the hospital, deputies said.

Investigators said they are still looking for one other possible suspect involved in the shooting. They believe they have identified everyone involved thanks to surveillance video and tips from the public.


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