HOUSTON â€" A jewelry store owner shot and killed three armed men who tried to rob his business, police said.
Two men were in an east Houston jewelry store Thursday afternoon pretending to be customers when a third man burst into the store and stated, "This is a robbery," Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said.
All three men then pulled out pistols, tied up the store owner's wife and took her to a back room, Smith said.
As they were trying to tie up the store owner, the 52-year-old took out a handgun from his waistband and fatally shot one of the suspects, Smith said. The store owner then grabbed a shotgun and shot and killed the two other suspects in the ensuring gunbattle, Smith said.
The Houston Chronicle identified the store owner and his wife as Ramon and Eva Castillo, 48.
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A jewelry store owner shot and killed three armed men who tried to rob his business, police said. The newspaper said Castillo was in critical but stable condition at hospital after suffering gunshot wounds to his left shoulder, left abdomen and legs.
East End residents smiled proudly when they learned how Castillo had taken charge and protected his wife of 28 years. It is the first time he has turned the tables on his attackers, they said.
"It's about time he did something," said Theresa Arellano, 49, a lifelong East End resident.