As Twitchy reported this weekend, a customer at a taqueria in southwest Houston shot and killed a robber — and then gave patrons back their stolen items and left. Police put out stills of the man and his pickup truck saying they just wanted to speak to him … he hadn’t been charged with anything. News reports fussed that the man had shot the robber in the back after he was done robbing everyone, that the robber was black and the shooter was white, and that the robber wasn’t even carrying a real gun, but rather a plastic pistol.
Here’s the footage again in case you missed it:
Full clip with audio of self defense shooting in Houston robberypic.twitter.com/SGj2dq20mj
— Nuance Bro (@NuanceBro) January 7, 2023
The New York Post is reporting that the armed diner will face a grand jury over the shooting. The diner’s name has not been released because he hasn’t yet been charged with a crime.
— New York Post (@nypost) January 10, 2023
The Post reports:
A Texas grand jury will decide whether to criminally charge a Houston taqueria patron who shot a robber dead last week, police said.
The Houston Police Department announced Monday the 46-year-old customer has turned himself in and is cooperating with the investigation into the deadly shooting. He has not been named because he was not arrested or charged with any crime.
Records indicate that the robbery suspect, Eric Washington, had an extensive criminal history and was out on bond at the time of the fatal shooting.
In 2015, Washington was convicted of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection with the fatal shooting of 62-year-old Hamid Waraich two years prior.
Washington was released on parole in 2021 after serving less than half of his sentence, but he was back behind bars in mid-December after being arrested for allegedly shoving and scratching his girlfriend.
He was out on bond and decided to stage an armed robbery of a restaurant.
It was self defense.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) January 10, 2023
This man shouldn't face any charges. The criminal was literally pointing a gun in the faces of everyone. Sorry. He forfeits his right to live.
— Winston Smith (@ShitboxFoxbody) January 10, 2023
He deserves a reward not a sentence.
— JooHyung Kim Enjoyer (@TheLarvinMewis) January 10, 2023
Robber was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2015 for a previous robbery/murder.
Out on parole since 2021 and then got arrested for beating his girlfriend. Not sent back to prison even though he clearly violated his parole.
— Pete (@Petetheelder) January 10, 2023
Of course, after the other day when the cops "just wanted to talk to him", now he has to worry about being sent to prison for someone who shouldn't have been released.
— chuck u farley (@chuckufarley3) January 10, 2023
They won’t indict. Rightfully so. Case closed
— G. (@sh2_green) January 10, 2023
He made Houston a safer place. He should get a parade not a grand jury.
— @YeOldRams (@YeOldRams) January 10, 2023
Shameful. That man should be getting a medal and a meals for life.
The law punishes the righteous and protects the criminals.
— Corvaiex, Journalism Denier (@Corvaiex) January 10, 2023
So he ended a career criminal. I wonder how many other crimes he got away with before this.
— DarthYoc (@DarthYoc) January 10, 2023
He deserves a medal and the last shot was justified. If the violent criminal was still moving he was a threat.
— Il Duce Mai Smith aka Red Blockbuster (@CrossbowHaricot) January 10, 2023
He killed a man with a gun. He has to go through the judicial process. I hope to God he will not be charged with anything.
— Craig Green (@GreenCraig5) January 10, 2023
The argument is that he shot the career criminal too many times — that last shot was unnecessary. But seeing he was just held up at gunpoint, maybe his thoughts were to make sure the robber was put down.
Some upset that restaurant patron shot armed robber in the back https://t.co/eoJXWG4Iv6
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 7, 2023