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Skip to comments.Retired DPS trooper fatally shoots drugstore robber(TX)
Posted on 04/17/2012 8:51:05 AM PDT by marktwain
An armed robber who took a drugstore guard hostage Monday was shot and killed when he confronted a retired Texas Department of Public Safety trooper, now a security official for the north Harris County business, authorities said.
The masked robber jumped the unarmed security guard about 2:15 p.m. inside the QVL Pharmacy at 850 FM 1960 near the North Freeway.
"At gunpoint, he forced (the guard) to open the security door going to the back of the pharmacy," said Sgt. Ben Beall with the Harris County Sheriff's Department's homicide squad.
The robber passed several customers in the front of the store. He also pointed his pistol at the pharmacist and told him to open the safe where the drugs were being stored, authorities said.
"He ordered them to load the narcotics into his backpack," Beall said.
The robber demanded hydrocodone and other pain medication, detectives said.
"It looked like he was prepared to take a pretty good haul out of the business," Beall said.
Also inside the store, however, was a plainclothes retired DPS trooper, now working for the Dallas-based company's corporate security department. He was making a check at the store when the robbery happened.
"He wasn't even aware that there was a robbery going on until they were already in the back," Beall said.
The robber pointed his gun at the retired trooper, who pulled out his own weapon and began shooting.
He fired at least three rounds, Beall said. The robber did not fire his weapon.
The robber died at the scene, and nobody else was hurt, detectives said.
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This is similar to an incident on Long Island a few months back where a shootout involving a pharmacy robbery and plainclothes officers and a retired officer occurred, except, IIRC the retired LEO may have been the one that was shot.