Authorities in Texas have confirmed that an armed customer intervened in an attempted robbery of a fried chicken fast food chain, killing one thief and injuring the other.
Fox News reported around 8:45 p.m. on Friday that Port Arthur Police responded to an aggravated theft at Church’s Chicken at 1849 Jefferson Drive.
Detectives eventually discovered that two armed suspects were robbing the restaurant when an armed citizen intervened, resulting in a shootout.
One suspect shot, the other wounded
Police said one of the suspects was shot dead and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The other thief was found at Normandy Apartments and was sent to the hospital emergency room for treatment, KFDM reported.
An armed citizen remained at the scene, released after being questioned
The armed client who was eventually released remained at the scene and was questioned by detectives.
Currently, the incident is still under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Port Arthur Police.
The theft at Church’s Chicken happened just a day after another theft from a Jack in the Box in the same town, but Port Arthur Police Chief Tim Duriso said he still wasn’t clear whether the same two suspects were responsible.
The “constitutional portage” of Texas
With the increasing number of armed robberies in the state, this may be linked to the Texas’ House Bill 1927 or known as the “constitutional portation”. The law allows Texans over the age of 21 to carry handguns – openly or concealed – without obtaining a state-issued license as long as they are not excluded from possession of a firearm by another federal or state law.