Shop Owner Shoots, Kills Armed Robber, Accomplice Now Facing Murder Charges for His Friend’s Death

May 3 2014
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
Gun(s) Used: Unknown Location:
# of Suspects: Shots Fired: Unknown
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Source: valleycentral.com Archive: WebCite.org

stock_bigger_pistolA 16 year old Texas teenager finds himself facing murder charges after he and two friends encountered an armed citizen during an attempted armed robbery.

Under Texas law, you can be charged with murder if anyone dies while you are committing a crime, even if you didn’t pull the trigger yourself.

According to Valley Central,

Pharr police said Perez, the 16-year-old and another suspect attempted to rob Deuce’s Smoke Shop in Pharr early Monday morning.

Three suspects stormed the shop wearing hoodies and when the three gunmen walked in, they shouted “hands up!”

The owner of the smoke shop told Action 4 News that he feared for his life especially when he saw three armed suspects walk through the front door.

Investigators said the owner, who feared for his life, reached for his gun and fatally shot 18-year-old Perez.

The third suspect is still on the loose.

Police say that this same shop has been robbed once before. That time the thieves were luckier and made off with some cash and a gun.

This is the 150th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Texas. Texas continues to lead all other states in the number of documented defensive gun uses. This is the 1,111th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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