Texas authorities confirmed that an armed customer interfered in an attempted robbery of a fried chicken fast-food chain, killing one robber and injuring the other.
Fox News reported at around 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Port Arthur Police responded to an aggravated robbery at the Church’s Chicken at 1849 Jefferson Drive.
Detectives eventually discovered that two armed suspects were robbing the restaurant when an armed citizen interfered, resulting in a shootout.
One Suspect Fatally Shot, The Other Wounded
According to the police, one of the suspects was fatally shot and was pronounced dead at a hospital nearby.
The other robber was found at Normandy Apartments and was sent to the hospital emergency room for treatment,, KFDM reported.
Armed Citizen Stayed At The Scene, Released After Questioning
The armed customer who was eventually released remained at the scene and was questioned by detectives.
Currently, the incident is still under investigation by Port Arthur Police’s Criminal Investigations Division.
The robbery at the Church’s Chicken transpired just a day after another robbery at a Jack in the Box in the same town happened, but Port Arthur Police Chief Tim Duriso said that it is still unclear if the same two suspects were responsible.
Texas’ ‘Constitutional Carry’
With the rising number of armed robberies in the state, it may be linked to Texas’ House Bill 1927 or known as the ‘constitutional carry.’ The law allows Texans over 21 years of age to carry handguns – openly or concealed – without getting a state-issued license as long as they are not excluded from possessing a firearm by another federal or state law.