Grand Jury Declines to Charge Texas Customer Who Fatally Shot Robber in Houston Restaurant

HOUSTON, Texas – A grand jury in Harris County, Texas chose not to press charges against a man who shot and killed a robber at a restaurant in Houston last year. The decision came after the grand jury determined that there was no probable cause to believe the shooter had committed a crime.

The shooting took place at the El Ranchito restaurant in southwest Houston, where 30-year-old Eric Eugene Washington entered and attempted to rob several customers. Surveillance video captured the moment when a customer at the restaurant pulled out a gun and shot Washington multiple times, taking him down. It was later revealed that Washington’s weapon was fake, and he was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

Although some people questioned the use of excessive force by the customer, his attorney expressed confidence that the shooting was justified under Texas state law. The attorney stated, “In fear of his life and his friend’s life my client acted to protect everyone in the restaurant. In Texas, a shooting is justified in self-defense, defense of others and in defense of property.”

Some witnesses and the owner of the restaurant hailed the armed customer as a hero for taking down the robber and returning the stolen money to the individuals in the restaurant. The decision of the grand jury effectively clears the unidentified man of any wrongdoing in the shooting incident.

The grand jury’s decision serves as a reminder of the right to self-defense and defense of others under Texas law. The unidentified man’s actions have sparked debates over the use of force and the protection of oneself and others in the face of danger.

The shooting incident at the El Ranchito restaurant in Houston has prompted discussions about self-defense and the use of force, as well as the interpretation of Texas state law. The decision of the grand jury to not press charges against the armed customer highlights the complexities and considerations involved in cases of self-defense.