Houston Store Owner Kills 3 Robbers
HOUSTON — A jewelry store owner shot and killed three robbery suspects Thursday afternoon, police said.
Houston police were called to Castillo Jewelry, located at 4502 Canal Street east of downtown, shortly after 2 p.m.
The owner told investigators that two men entered the store and asked to look at rings when a third armed man barged in. Soon after, the other two also produced handguns, the owner said.
While the robbers were tying up the owner’s wife, he slipped out of his restraints, pulled a handgun and shotgun and opened fire on them, officers said.
The robbers died at the scene.
“He was well-equipped to take care of the problem,” said Fil Waters with the Houston Police Department. “A shootout commenced. The end result is we have three dead bad guys inside the store. The owner was also wounded.”
One of the robbers returned fire and the owner was shot in the shoulder and stomach. He was undergoing surgery.
The three robbery suspects were only described as in their 20s. Their names were not released.
Police said that a fourth possible suspect was wearing a construction worker uniform. He was described as being in his 20s with a short buzz-cut and a thin face. Investigators said he left the scene in a brown or gold car, possibly a Nissan Sentra.
No customers were inside the store. The owner’s wife was not injured.
An investigation is under way.