Suspect Puts Gun to Back of Store Manager’s Head, Gets Shot and Killed

An employee at John Jovino Co. holds a revolver on Thursday, June 26, 2008 in New York. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier in the day that Americans have a constitutional right to keep guns in their homes for self-defense - the justices' first major pronouncement on gun control in …
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On April 30, an alleged robber walked up behind a manager at a Houston, Texas, check cashing store, put a gun to his head, and got shot twice in the chest. He died from his wounds.

According to ABC 13, the alleged robber walked up behind the manager as he was opening the Ruiz Cash N Carry store around 8:30 in the morning. The manager was carrying a bag of toiletries under his arm, which the suspect reportedly mistook for a bag of cash.

Houston police say that “when the [manager] went to open the door, the gun was already put at the back of his head.” He was somehow able to turn enough to ascertain that it was, indeed, the barrel of a gun against his head, and he managed to draw his own gun and unleash four shots, two of which hit the suspect in the chest.

Police are still conducting an investigation, which includes witness reports that “a vehicle may have been seen across the street with a possible second suspect inside.”

KHOU 11 reports that nearby business owners praised the manager’s actions. Speaking of the suspect, one business owner said, “These guys, they just want to take what you have. Shouldn’t be like that.” Another added, “Good guys win.”

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