Robbery suspect dies after shooting at east Houston business

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
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An employee has shot a robbery suspect at a check cashing business in east Houston

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Eyewitness News has learned the man police say tried to rob an employee of an east Houston business this morning and has died. He was shot by an employee of that business who had a concealed weapon.

Officers were called to the Ruiz Cash n Carry store in the 1700 block of Sgt. Macario Garcia at Ave Q around 8:30am this morning.

Police say the store employee was about to enter into the store with a bag under his arm when a man approached him from behind and pointed a gun at him, demanding the bag, possibly thinking there was cash inside.

The employee, who also had a concealed handgun license was able to turn to his own gun, pull it out and fire four shots at the man. Two or three of those shots hit the man in the chest area.

"From what I gather is that when the employee went to open the door, the gun was already put at the back of his head, and so, I don't know what words were exchanged, but at this point the investigation is still ongoing, they're still talking to him (the store employee) and he turned around and saw the suspect had a gun."

Police say the store employee had no money in the bag at all, but rather, he carried a toiletry bag with his medicines inside.

Eyewitness News has learned the suspect, who was transported to Ben Taub hospital, has died.

One bullet made it across the street.

Witnesses are also reporting that a vehicle may have been seen across the street with a possible second suspect inside.

The store employee was not injured.

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