Armed Robbers Hit Whataburger, Off-Duty Cop Was There To Give Them Some Bullets

An off-duty Dallas police officer shot two men who had just committed an armed robbery at a Whataburger on Sunday

Fort Worth, TX – An off-duty Dallas police officer shot two armed robbers at a Whataburger on Sunday morning.

The incident occurred when the officer stopped for food at about 4 a.m. on July 8 at the Whataburger on White Settlement Road.

Just before the off-duty officer arrived at the restaurant, police had received a 911 call about a robbery in progress at the Whataburger, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The police report said that a man wearing a silver mask, a blue-hooded jacket, and gray sweatpants had walked into the restaurant and pointed a gun at people, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

That’s when the off-duty officer arrived for a meal and saw the robbery happening inside the Whataburger, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

He waited outside and confronted the robbers as they attempted to make their getaway. There was an altercation and the officer opened fire on the armed robbers, hitting two of them.

A third suspect escaped from the scene in a vehicle and has not yet been identified by police, according to KXAS.

"One injured suspect was apprehended on the parking lot of the business," Fort Worth Police spokesman Daniel Segura told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in an email Sunday. "The second one fled to a nearby business open area where he was later found."

A weapon used by one suspect during the robbery was found at the scene, Segura said.

The off-duty officer assisted responding Fort Worth officers in detaining the two men until they could be securely transported to a nearby hospital, KXAS reported. The officers applied a tourniquet to the injuries of the second suspect.

Fort Worth police identified the brave off-duty officer only as an 11-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, but they have not yet released his name.

Nobody important was injured in the shooting.

“You know this shows the character of this officer, and of many officers on this department. He could have just kept driving. Nobody would have known the difference,” Mike Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, told KDFW.

“But he knows his duty is to protect the public, whether it’s in the city of Dallas or the state of Texas, it’s to save lives, and he did his duty,” Mata said.

The suspects, Ladarious Shelby and Aaron Coleman, both 19, were transported to John Peter Smith hospital where one of them was in serious condition and the other had non-life-threatening injuries, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Jail records showed that both Shelby and Coleman were facing aggravated robbery charges, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The off-duty officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by his department, as is usual for officer-involved shootings.

The investigation of the Whataburger robbery was being conducted by the Fort Worth Police Department’s major case unit, KDFW reported.

Comments (25)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

"To serve and protect" - LEOs are my heroes!

Budman
Budman

Nice job brother!!

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

Nice job! By the way, isn't crime a high-risk enterprise in Texas? I am surprised that was the only gun that was drawn in response to the robbery. Maybe Texas is not what I thought it was.

Kdye
Kdye

Like the comment...,Nobody important was injured. Great job!!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Well done......

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Hey just in case you wanted to know the arrestees' demographics since the media conveniently ignores it when it's not fitting the agenda:

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

A Whataburger on "White Settlement Road"? The Wattaburger was obviously racist because of the location. The name says it all.

The brothas wuz just getting some reparations to compensate for "300 years of racial oppression" before this "racist" cop interfered. Sarcasm off.

Seriously, how long before this becomes the "liberal" mantra in future armed robberies by black thugs?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Hope the officer shot the correct people, and it doesn't turn out that the only actual robber was the one who got away.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Hopefully the management and employees of Whataburger will say "thank you" to that officer and all other officers, in the future.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Bet that those fast food places that shun officers are now a bit pensive....after all, who do you call? the police!

rover77
rover77

if it was BK, he could have said 'have it your way'

Mom2Boys
Mom2Boys

I love a happy ending! Thank you officer. 👍

gfc1963
gfc1963

What a dumb thing to say! He shot the two men he had seen in the shop so he shot the right people.

bartman56
bartman56

Love the "Nobody important was injured in the shooting." comment!

kdsq
kdsq

GFC1963, ignore that idiot.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@ gfc1963: the article doesn't say exactly what he did and didn't see in the shop. It is pretty clear that the two individuals shot had been in the Whataburger, but that doesn't mean that they were the robbers or in cahoots with the robber. Hopefully, he did shoot the correct people, but that is far from clear. Reserving judgement until I see video of the robbery (and hopefully video of the shooting).

NFPD103
NFPD103

Well done Sir, two more POS off the streets

61mouse
61mouse

Nobody important was injured in the shooting....... ROFLMFAO

Danimyl
Danimyl

Wise not to release the Officers name. That would make him a target of the left

Snooker
Snooker

Burgers Allday: They fit the description given to the 911 operator by the employees. It was 4 AM. Most people are still in bed at that hour. Cop is a 11 year veteran, not a rookie. Go Dallas PD! Go Ft. Worth PD!

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

@Burgers Allday I wonder if stricter Burger Control would have made a difference in this situation?

KCN
KCN

Gotta love a story like this one. Good job!

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

Atta Boy Officer! You're a credit to the Dallas PD and your community.