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HPD: Employee shoots, kills suspect who was robbing SW Houston gun store

Houston police said the suspect entered Carter's Country with a 'bladed object' and went straight to the cash register and started taking money.

HOUSTON — A man was shot and killed Tuesday by a gun store employee in southwest Houston, police said.

Around 3 p.m., investigators said the man walked inside Carter's Country gun store, located at 11800 Wilcrest Drive, with a "bladed object," went straight to the cash register and started taking money.

Police said an employee confronted the suspect and fired two shots as the suspect was leaving the store. After being shot, investigators said, the suspect walked out, leaving behind a trail of blood.

When authorities arrived, they took the suspect to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities said there is surveillance video of the incident, but it wouldn't be released at this time.

Neither the suspect who was nor the employee who opened fire has been identified.

Police said that before he robbed the gun store, the suspect was reportedly shoplifting at a different nearby store. They believe he was possibly homeless.

No charges were filed and the case will be referred to a grand jury. 

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