79-Year-Old Gun Shop Owner Fatally Shoots Thief Who Broke Into Store

A 79-year-old gun shop owner in Texas fatally shot a man who was part of a group breaking into his store on Tuesday.

Harris County, TX – A 79-year-old gun shop owner exchanged gunfire with two armed robbers early on Tuesday morning after he caught them on his property trying to break in.

The incident occurred at about 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 7 when the owner of a gun shop located in the 2000-block of Kennings Road heard a commotion outside, KHOU reported.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the gun shop owner, who is a military veteran that also lives on the same property, went outside to see what was happening and encountered two burglars who were trying to break into the gun shop.

Sheriff Gonzalez said the men had hooked chains to the front door of the store and also to a vehicle, KHOU reported.

The sheriff said that the store owner stepped outside and saw the vehicle yank the front door of his gun shop off the hinges and watched at least one of the suspects enter the store.

KHOU reported that the suspects noticed the elderly man watching moments later and opened fire on him.

The gun shop owner told deputies that he returned fire and struck at least one of the would-be gun thieves before they fled his property.

Then 911 received a call about a man lying in the street about seven miles away from the gun shop at 4:41 a.m., according to a post from Sheriff Gonzalez on the department’s official Facebook page.

Deputies said the man was in the middle of the road next to a car found with its doors open, KHOU reported.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two handguns were recovered near the dead man that are believed to have been stolen from the gun shop on Kennings Road, KHOU reported.

Two other suspects were taken into custody at the scene but officials haven’t released any information about who they are or their connection to the incident.

Comments (23)
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MSK
MSK

Don’t mess with our veterans!

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

That moment when you realize you picked the wrong store to rob, and the wrong old veteran to mess with ... priceless.

sturnman22
sturnman22

A gun store with the owner onsite?? Priceless and more proof that God has a sense of humor. One less thug on the streets!

CopperheadCSA
CopperheadCSA

Hollow points. When you care enough to send the very best.

ArkyArgyle
ArkyArgyle

How are they gonna learn, if we don't teach them?

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Swift , sure and sweet

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Feel good story of the day 👍🏾

Bonneville Kid
Bonneville Kid

Texas Justice!

Janken
Janken

Finally a happy story

lolamae
lolamae

Dumb criminals.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good Job Sir

Caddis
Caddis

Don't mess with old people. They've been around and have seen and been through a lot and are not afraid to die since they're in their twilight years. Good job sir!

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

Very bad choice of targets: veteran, elderly gun shop owner, Texas gun shop. The perps obviously expended no brain cell energy on this one.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Well Done, gramps!🤣🤣🤣👎👎

investigator
investigator

So glad it was the thug that was shot....NOT the owner! Don't Mess With Texans!!!!

JACQUEWB
JACQUEWB

Another criminal bites the dust. Good job !

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Glad the shop owner and veteran was not injured!!! He did what he had to do.

No sympathies for the dead thug/criminal who thought it was okay to damage someone's property/business and steal from them!! You deserve to rot in hell!!

Schick56
Schick56

Why the fuck would you want to rob a gun shop no matter what time it is, lol. Dumbassness, but at least he pulled over to die instead of possibly killing innocent people. Good job Paw-Paw, 😂😂😂

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

Atta boy!

ikaika
ikaika

Pretty brazen to pull the door off his shop. Good job for this veteran!

Old Fokker
Old Fokker

Hats off to a good aim, and good judgment. I hope Virginia is paying attention.

Sofloblm
Sofloblm

Hmmm, sounds like a Darwin Award candidate.

Morgana
Morgana

As my LEO Daddy use to say, "Criminals don't get caught or dead because we (LEOs) are that smart, it's because criminals are that "eff-ing" stupid."