HOUSTON - Police said one of the suspects who tried to hold up an ACE Cash Express in north Houston was in the hospital Monday after a bystander opened fire.

The attempted robbery was reported on Tidwell Road near Airline Drive, Houston police said.

Police said two suspects entered the business through a vacant unit next door and waited in the ceiling until employees showed up Monday morning. When the workers arrived, the men came through the ceiling and ordered the employees to open the safe.

The workers said the safe was on a timer, and the suspects decided to run from the scene empty-handed.

Police said as the suspects were leaving, a man whose wife works at the store saw the crime going down and chased after the men.

One of the suspects was shot by the husband of an employee, said Sgt. Fransisco Hernandez with the Houston Police Department. He happened to be outside waiting, making sure that she got in safely, which actually turned out to be a good thing.

One of the suspects was struck in the arm and was expected to survive. The other suspect got away on foot.

Police said the shooter had a Concealed Handgun License. Officers questioned him at the scene and then gave him back his weapon.

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