The Grand Jury in Texas is set to hear a case that has stirred up emotions in Houston, as well as across the nation. Late last year a man did what any good Samaritan would do with the proper resources. This case should be one of an easier decision for the jury to make; there is clear evidence that suggests this was an attack on innocent victims.
The case of the armed diner customer in Houston is an easy one. While it is clear that he acted heroically and in self-defense, unfortunately it is encumbered by the constraints of the law to face a grand jury. Everyone knows that this man should be commended for his bravery, taking immediate action to ensure the safety of himself and everyone around him. Our justice system will surely see that and hopefully so will the jurors.
The New York Post reports that, according to police, a Texas grand jury will decide whether to criminally charge a Houston taqueria patron who shot a robber dead last week.
The Houston Police Department announced Monday that the 46-year-old customer turned himself in to investigators and is cooperating. Since he was not arrested or charged with a crime, his name has not been revealed.
The Law & Crime Network did a brief report on the matter.
In response to the police’s public plea asking the armed customer to come forward, his attorney sent a statement to ABC 13 defending his actions.
The attorney wrote, “In fear of his life and his friend’s life my client acted to protect everyone in the restaurant. Stressing that in Texas, “a shooting is justified in self-defense, defense of others and in defense of property.”
The case will be presented to a grand jury once the investigation is complete, and the man’s lawyer is “confident the Grand Jury will conclude that the shooting was justified under Texas Law.”
Turns out shockingly, the robber had a criminal background and this was not the first time something like this had occurred.
ABC explained the robber’s criminal history in detail.
The son of the man who was shot and killed 10 years prior had some words for now eliminated criminals.
Aman Waraich, the son of the store clerk that was killed, said, “If the guy who stopped Eric was around 10 years ago, maybe I’d still have my dad. Eric was an evil criminal that took joy in harassing and robbing innocent families. The individual at the taqueria is a true hero! He did the right thing in stopping the robber and in protecting the community from a dangerous perpetrator.”
People like that man are an example for us all. His bravery should be applauded and held up as a shining example of how we should respond when facing danger like this. No one should have to go through a situation like that, least of all someone with no experience in dealing with criminals. But he rose to the challenge, protecting those in danger and not worrying about his own safety! He acted just like any good Samaritan would, and hopefully his actions will be rewarded. We need more people who can face these terrible circumstances and make the right decisions – if our government is going to let criminals out like that, we must find a way to defend ourselves. We hope a grand jury will see just that.
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