An off-duty Houston police officer, who came to the rescue of a robbery victim, shot and killed a suspect outside of a convenience store Sunday evening.
C. Rodriguez, 22, a veteran cop with the Houston Police Department, told investigators he noticed two men hiding behind a dumpster outside of the store. He then saw the two men jump out and began beating a man who was leaving an Xpress Stop store with groceries, TheBlaze reports.
Police say Rodriguez opened the window of his pickup truck and told the men to stop. It wasn’t clear if the officer already had his gun out.
One of the suspects reportedly responded by showing his gun to the cop and started walking towards him.
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Fearing for his life, the officer fired his gun and shot the suspect, who was identified as 17-year-old Oscar Gaspar. He reportedly ran into a nearby house where he collapsed and died. Police recovered a pistol at the scene, according to KTRK-TV.
“He was inside the truck the entire time, the suspect was walking toward him, gaining ground on him, facing him—right on—showing the pistol,” spokesman for the HPD, John Cannon, told KHOU-TV.
The second suspect fled but was later arrested. The beating victim was not seriously injured, police said.
“This officer-involved shooting is still under investigation and has been referred to the district attorney’s office,” KTRK-TV reports.