A robbery suspect was shot and killed while trying to hold up a food truck in southwest Houston on Tuesday. The incident occurred around 1 p.m. on South Main Street at Fondren. Derick Howard, the owner of Elite Eats and Cold Treats, was on his way to the food truck to meet his mother and uncle, who were working during the lunch hour. However, before he arrived, the suspect approached the food truck, inquiring about the food they serve. The suspect then attempted to rob them, but Howard’s mother and uncle quickly closed the window.
The suspect then got out of his truck, opened the food truck’s front window, and pointed the gun inside. Police said the suspect fired his gun, but it jammed. Thankfully, Howard’s mother pulled out her own gun and fired multiple shots. The suspect tried to run away but fell and died in the parking lot.
Jacqueline Mitchell, a family member, said, “Thank God. She’s a godly woman. That’s why the gun jammed because God jammed it because when the suspect opened that window, he could have shot her, but it jammed.” Howard mentioned that his mother kept a gun on her out of fear that something similar would happen.
The woman was taken to the hospital for a panic attack, and no one has been charged in the case as police deemed it a “self-defense” shooting. Authorities will collect evidence and present it to the district attorney’s office. It’s worth noting that the truck had only made $40 for the day at the time of the robbery, and Howard said, “People need to get a job instead of trying to rob people, because some people are trying to make an honest living.”
According to the family, Howard’s mother who shot the suspect is a licensed gun owner. This highlights the importance of having a concealed carry license and being trained in firearm usage. In situations like this, where someone’s life is in danger, having a firearm can be the difference between life and death. It’s important to note that carrying a firearm comes with great responsibility, and proper training and education are essential. The police have called the shooting a clear case of self-defense, and no one has been charged in connection with the incident. The case will be presented to the district attorney’s office after authorities have collected evidence.