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Hero grandmother and Cracker Barrel manager fatally shot saving an employee from an armed mugger

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A 59-year-old Texas woman is being hailed a hero after valiantly saving the life of one of her employees who was targeted by an armed robbery suspect.

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Robin Baucom, the 59-year-old manager of a Houston-area Cracker Barrel, was inside the restaurant in the early hours of Saturday morning when she saw two men in a Dodge Charger pull up in the front of the store and attempt to rob an employee who was trying to get inside the store.

Baucom immediately jumped into action and ran to unlock the door for the employee while shoving one of the male suspects, who was trying to force his way into the restaurant.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said that it was that moment that the suspect pulled out his firearm and shot Baucom in the chest. She was rushed to a local hospital and sent directly into surgery, but she succumbed to her injuries.

The two suspects fled the scene in a grey Dodge Charger believed to be from the model's 2018 line. The suspect accused of shooting Baucom is described as wearing a black hoodie, black pants, and black shoes.

Baucom worked at the Cracker Barrel location for 34 years before her untimely death.

In a statement on her death, Baucom's daughter Tina said that her mother "would have done anything in the world to protect her employees or any of us."

“When I was starting kindergarten, she started at Cracker Barrel part-time. She would buy me back-to-school clothes,” Tina recalled. “It was supposed to be a couple of months. Thirty-four years later, a heartache, and here we are.”

Baucom's sister Gail added, "She is our hero, and we hope she will be remembered as a hero because she lost her life trying to protect her employees and Cracker Barrel."

Her brother Billy said, "The greatest love a person can have is giving their life for another person — and that’s exactly what she did. ... She was a protector. Not only with her family but with the ones she worked with. She protected the workers and gave her life for them."

In a statement on Baucom's death, a spokesperson for Cracker Barrel said that the company is solely focused on "supporting our manager's family, her fellow employees, and local law enforcement as we grapple with this tragedy and grieve."

Anyone with information on the incident has asked to reach out to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at (713) 274-9100 or Crimestoppers at (713) 222-8477.

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