HOUSTON – Two suspects got a little more than they bargained for when they picked the wrong pizza place to hold up Thursday night at a northwest Harris County strip mall.
According to Harris County Sheriff’s deputies, two armed men entered the Domino’s Pizza in the 7800 block of Louetta around 11:45 p.m. and demanded cash from the employees.
What they did not know, was one of the employees, Glenn Shaft, is a part-time HCSO deputy with 25 years of experience. The deputy pulled out his own weapon and all three men began firing.
The suspects were shot with one suffering a gunshot wound to the face. Investigators said the suspect was shot when he turned to fire at Shaft.
Both wounded suspects were transported to Ben Taub Hospital in critical condition.
The deputy and his fellow employees were unharmed.
Shaft recently retired from full-time duty at the Sheriff's Office. He then became a part-time deputy, which means he still has a badge, a gun and the sworn duty to defend others.
Customers and business owners in the strip hall have little sympathy for the suspected robbers.
“It's out of hand, out of control, people are being lazy instead of being out there and working they steal,” Jackie Moore, a customer, said.
“I work for what I have. If you want it, I suggest you get a job,” Pam Brazell said.
Brazell owns a neighboring business – she doesn't worry about crime but says thieves better think twice before targeting folks around here.