Texas comfort retailer employee shot and killed over bag of chips by alleged shoplifters

Texas comfort retailer employee shot and killed over bag of chips by alleged shoplifters

A Texas comfort retailer clerk was shot and killed after he chased down a pair of shoplifters who stole a bag of chips Friday, in accordance with police.

One of the alleged crooks opened hearth on the shop manager at round 11:30 a.m. after he adopted the pair in his automobile to attempt to cease them from stealing the crisps from the Sunoco gasoline station store in Humble, Texas, cops mentioned.

The 42-year-old employee, who has not but been recognized, was struck by a bullet and died from his wounds.

“No one ever anticipates simply going to work that day and never coming house,” Humble Assistant Police Chief Dan Zientek instructed reporters on the scene.

Surveillance footage on the retailer obtained by KPRC reveals the 2 males in darkish clothes enter the store as the shop manager follows behind them with a bucket and begins mopping the ground.

Security footage reveals one of many suspects putting the stolen chips in his pocket. YouTube/KPRC 2 Click2Houston

The males tempo round earlier than stopping in an aisle in entrance of the chips, the place one man seems to place a bag within his pants, video reveals. They spend one other minute or so within the shop earlier than leaving with out paying.

The retailer clerk follows them outdoors and confronts them verbally earlier than they stroll away from the shop, in accordance with the footage.

The worker then acquired in his automobile and adopted the pair, police mentioned.

Minutes later, the pair left the shop however was confronted and chased down by the employee. YouTube/KPRC 2 Click2Houston
The worker tailed the shoplifters in his automobile, the place the suspects opened hearth on him and killed him. YouTube/KPRC 2 Click2Houston

“They began capturing at him, through which he tried to reverse his automobile and ended up on the median over there,” Zientek mentioned, in accordance with KPRC.

He was struck by one of many bullets within the barrage and died whereas nonetheless sitting within the driver’s seat, cops mentioned.

The automobile was riddled with bullets on the scene, the native station reported.

The suspects fled the scene on foot and stay at massive. Police have requested the general public for assist in figuring out the 2.

“You’ve misplaced an ideal citizen who’s simply making an attempt to work and do their job, and as a substitute we’ve two folks that even have ruined their lives as a result of they are going to be going to jail,” Zientek mentioned.

Police mentioned the sufferer had solely been on the job for 3 to 4 months, according to KTRK.



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