A lone clerk working the graveyard shift at a northeast
Houston gas station killed a man who had broken into his locked store early
The clerk was behind the counter and watched as two men
pried open the deadbolted front doors to the store and walked toward the
counter around 2 a.m. A third suspect was spotted standing outside the business
with the two men, and investigators said a fourth was waiting in a nearby car.
As the two approached the counter, they started making hand
signals toward the clerk, according to Houston police detective Thomas Simmons.
That’s when the clerk pulled a gun and fired off four rounds, striking at least
one of the men.
That man was pronounced dead on scene, while the three
Moments after the gunfire, police found a man with a gunshot
wound knocking on doors in a nearby neighborhood. Simmons did not confirm
whether that person was the other suspect from inside the store.
He was taken to Ben Taub Hospital in an unknown condition.
Simmons said the clerk was shaken up and feared for his
life. It is unclear if he will face any charges.