An armed and previously convicted robber out on parole was shot dead this week trying to use a fake $20 bill at a Houston convenience store.
The 56-year-old suspect, whose name has not yet been released, pulled a gun on the store clerk at the Super Qwik Food Store when the worker refused to accept the counterfeit bill.
The perp then opened fire, shooting one shot just inches away from the clerk.
As the suspect maneuvered to go around behind the kiosk where the drawer was located, the clerk retrieved a gun and returned fire.
“Luckily and fortunately for the convenience store clerk, he had a gun with him. He was able to return fire,” Sgt. Horn with the Houston Police Department told KHOU.
“The suspect or the robber collapsed here at the store. He was transported to the hospital where he died later,” Horn added.
Though it has yet to be released to the public, Sgt. Horn says the footage depicts a harrowing encounter.
“From what surveillance shows, (the clerk is) very fortunate to be alive right now,” Horn explained. “The bullet that the would-be robber fired at him was only a few inches away from him.”
Investigators have said the case will go before a Harris County grand jury to determine if the employee will face charges for using deadly force against the would-be robber.
But at present, all signs suggest it was a lawful case of self-defense.
“As of right now, it appears this shooting is completely justified,” Horn said.
Per KHOU, the suspect had spent time in prison for a previous robbery committed last summer.