Tuesday 10 January 2023

Armed Patron Who Fatally Shot Robber in Houston Taqueria will Face Grand Jury


As previously reported, a robber was shot to death by a patron at a taqueria on S. Gessner just before midnight last Thursday night.

Surveillance video shows a black male in a black ski mask walking around the taqueria and robbing customers at gunpoint (it later turned out he was holding a BB gun).

A bald man seated near the robber jumped into action and shot the suspect dead.

According to Houston Police, the Good Samaritan then collected the money from the suspect and gave it back to the robbery victims. 


The unnamed 46-year-old armed customer (pictured below) is cooperating with law enforcement and will face a grand jury.

The good Samaritan has not been charged.

The robbery suspect (now deceased), Eric Washington, 30, was a convicted criminal.

deceased robbery suspect Eric Washington

Via the Houston Police Department:

The fatal shooting of a robbery suspect at 6873 South Gessner Road about 11:30 p.m. last Thursday (Jan. 5) will be referred to a Harris County grand jury.

Surveillance photos of the male shooter wanted for questioning were released the following day (Jan. 6).

Today (Jan. 9), the male, 46, was questioned by Houston police homicide detectives. After consulting with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, it was determined the shooting will be referred to a grand jury. Since the male is not arrested or charged, his identity is not being released.

The deceased male is identified as Eric Eugene Washington, 30.

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