Armed Robber Shot By Off-Duty Cop In Walmart Shouldn't Have Been Out Of Prison

Sandy Malone

The police union said 18-year-old Antonio Washington got probation when he was facing up to 99 years behind bars.

Houston, TX - A violent repeat offender who was shot by an off-duty Houston police officer at Walmart while committing an armed robbery on Wednesday should not have been out of prison.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies responded to a report of a shooting at the Walmart in the 9200-block of N. Sam Houston Parkway at about 3:06 p.m. on Jan. 10, KPRC reported.

Authorities said that an off-duty Houston police officer was inside the Walmart when 18-year-old Antonio Washington pulled out a shotgun and pointed it at the employee behind the counter at customer service.

The officer saw what was happening and engaged the suspect, KPRC reported.

She shot Washington, disarmed him, and then proceeded to perform first aid on the armed robber.

Washington was transported to Ben Taub Hospital and was listed in “stable” condition, KPRC reported.

He is facing multiple charges in connection with the incident.

“Unfortunately this individual was shot because of what he did, but our officer did everything she could do not only to protect the public but also to protect him once he was shot so I think today she’s a hero for what she did,” Houston Police Assistant Chief Bobby Dobbins told reporters afterwards.

Chief Dobbins said the officer who shot Washington is a 17-year veteran of the Houston PD, KPRC reported.

“Thanks to the heroic actions of our officer, the threat of Antonio Washington killing or seriously injuring anyone was neutralized,” the Houston Police Officers’ Union said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

The police union said that Washington has a long and violent criminal history for a man still in his teens, and if it weren’t for weak sentencing, he would have been behind bars instead of pulling a shotgun on a clerk in Walmart.

“[Yesterday's] incident could have been avoided if Antonio Washington was in prison - where he belongs,” the union said in their post.

The union said that in November of 2019, Harris County 248th District Court Judge Hilary Unger sentenced Washington 10 years of probation as deferred adjudication after he pleaded guilty to three prior violent aggravated robberies.

Washington was facing 5 to 99 years in prison for those violent robberies when Unger gave him probation, according to the union’s post.

Less than a month after he was given probation, he escaped from a juvenile correctional facility and fled.

According to the union, a felony warrant was filed for Washington’s arrest on top of three more felony warrants from the prior aggravated robbery cases.

“He could have been sentenced anywhere from 5 to 99 years in prison. Instead, he was given deferred adjudication and let back out to victimize more innocent people,” the Houston Police Officers’ Union said. “The victims of Antonio Washington's selfish, evil, and deadly behavior deserve justice. How many more examples like Antonio Washington are out there?”

Comments (74)
Schick56
Schick56

Hmmm, she missed the head shot, 😠

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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Sound like Houston's DA is running for re-election, and wants to ensure they get the criminal vote to make sure they win

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

What happened to good old Texas?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Good thing he wasn't white. He would have started indiscriminately shooting people because he was upset at still being a virgin at 25.

Mike bass
Mike bass

Well, when his worthless family sues, make sure they only sue the liberal idiots that let that thug loose

rix is retired
rix is retired

Let us pray that he does not appear before Judge Unger for his probation violation

John Chapman
John Chapman

Hope they really hit him hard this time. Maybe 20 years of probation? Scum bag should be six feet under.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another hug-a-thug, bleeding heart, liberal judge '"hard" at work.

DNW
DNW

To be in such dire straits at the age of 18, I have a feeling he would be safer in jail. Such a young, repeat offender generally means he grew up in an atmosphere of criminality and knows no other way of life. A shame, so young, such a waste of potential.

les0060
les0060

Wow when did the DA from Chicago start working in Houston.

c204
c204

democrats pay these 'baby-mommas' to pump out unwanted kids for the free money, then the kids grow up with no one to raise them, so they become feral.

CivilianMark
CivilianMark

I would have expected a citizen to take out the perp, but Walmart has a no carry rule which clearly only applies to law abiding folks.

SigLady
SigLady

Once recovered, he should be placed on house arrest at guess who's house ...

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Well, the judge's first name IS Hilary,,so there's that then.

gfc1963
gfc1963

And people wonder why criminals laugh at the justice system??

bryantrent
bryantrent

The Judge is so stupid

Sharonmk
Sharonmk

How can a young offender learn if he doesn't have any consequences? Sad "No Justice" system is what we have. :(

Woobie46
Woobie46

So where is Acevedo saying nice things about this awesome, heroic officer??? He's the PROBLEM...she'll be lucky to keep her job. Chief Acevedo, go screw!

1Starhoosier
1Starhoosier

Bad shot officer........................

Musical1
Musical1

My question is not how many more Antonio Washington's but how many more Judge Hilary Ungers there are.

flybynight
flybynight

Why do 13.4% of a certain race do most of the crime. (FBI numbers) in case certain trolls don't agree.

maxx1676
maxx1676

The Cancer of America... Does Africa has a return policy?

Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

Keep these animals locked up!!! Great job by the police

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Prison !! PRISON NOTHING ! A cage at a zoo with a life time supply of banana's is more appropriate.

Dra71
Dra71

Sounds like a New York Judges decision.

waleedbarakat
waleedbarakat

All the fault should be directed to the weak judge, they should be more aggressive with such kind of criminals, and never think that anyone of those born guilty will become a good person in the future.

They born and raised inside crime and they will never leave it, unless with death penality. 😉


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