Two unlucky thugs attempted to carjack a concealed carry permit holder in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday. The miscalculation turned out to be deadly as the would-be victim shot and killed one of the criminals and wounded the other.
After returning a movie at a Redbox kiosk outside of a local McDonald's, the man was approached by two suspects who attempted to steal his car for the rims, according to police. The suspects also took his cellphone and car keys, KTRK-TV reports.
The man was forced out of his car and pushed down. What the aggressive criminals didn't know was that he was a concealed carry permit holder and had his firearm on him.
Sensing the situation was dire, the man drew his handgun and opened fire. He fatally shot one of the robbers and wounded the other suspect with two or three shots, according to KTRK-TV. The second suspect fled the scene and had not been apprehended.
The carjacking victim told KHOU-TV he didn't want to appear on camera but said he was doing OK.
A grand jury will "consider whether deadly force was necessary to avoid his own death or harm," KTRK-TV notes. However, the station's legal analyst says it appears to be a clear-cut case of justifiable homicide.
It is not uncommon for residents in the north Houston neighborhood to be extra cautious in the area.
"It is kind of odd being right out in the open. I guess people and the desperate need of people nowadays," Dedrick Moore, who visits the same McDonald's regularly, told KHOU-TV. "They give up hope and try to go any other way to get their means."
"I am always checking my area. Looking around knowing what is going on around me," he added.
It was that same vigilant mentality that possibly saved the life of the Houston man who refused to be a carjacking victim.