Police said that a wheelchair-bound military veteran told them he shot a teenager who was trying to rob him in downtown Houston, Texas.
The incident unfolded near the intersection of Main Street and Pierce Street near the Downtown Transit Center at about 9 p.m. Monday night.
The Houston Police Department said that the 18-year-old suspect ran up to the veteran and tried to steal his bag as he was heading to the transit center.
“He is a veteran and he was in the area to catch a metro back to his residence,” said Lt. J.P Horelica to KPRC-TV.
Police said the veteran told them he pulled out a firearm and shot the attempted robber multiple times.
“Suspect ran several hundred yards where he collapsed and was picked up by the Houston Fire Department, treated and transported to a local area hospital,” Horelica added.
The suspect was last reported to be in stable condition and is expected to recover.
The veteran stayed on the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said.
Officials have not said whether anyone will face any charges over the altercation, but they said that once the suspect is well enough to speak with them that they will file charges.
Business owners in Houston have described a “relentless wave” of robberies that have forced many of them to sleep in their businesses while armed in order to deter crime.
The city was also the setting for a horrific attack on an Asian woman who was left paralyzed as a result of being body-slammed during a robbery. One of the teenagers arrested for that horrible crime appeared to confess to the crime in a jailhouse recording and ridiculed the victim.
Here’s a local news report about the incident:
Veteran in wheelchair shoots man who tried to rob him downtown: HPD
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