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Robbers pick the wrong Denny's, armed customer fights back

samzheresamzhere BannedPosts: 10,923 Senior Member
Here in Houston, a couple of armed men went into a Denny's to rob the customers, but one of the customers was also armed and returned fire, chasing off the robbers.

None of the customers was injured, including the guy with the gun. The robbers may also have avoided being wounded but no further word thus far.

Heres's the brief story from the Houston "Cramicle", er, Chronicle

http://blog.chron.com/newswatch/2011/11/gunmen-hold-shootout-at-a-denny%e2%80%99s-in-houston/

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  • mkk41mkk41 Banned Posts: 1,932 Senior Member
    I wouldn't be surprised if Denny's now posts 'NO GUNS" signs on all their stores and sued the armed citizen who fought back.

    Ohhh! Just read the article. He fired at the van as it was going away. Even in Texas , that's gotta be a no-no!
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    I guess that part that is covered in all the CCW classes tends to go in one ear and whistles out the other ear.
    Common sense seems to be in short supply too.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,085 Senior Member
    I always love to hear about folks standing up on their hind legs and fighting back....then I read that they did something stupid like shooting at a fleeing vehicle, not a good idea...
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  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Agree. Shooting at a fleeing vehicle? The ol' adrenalin got the better of him, I think. What with the robbers being obviously on a bad-boy mission and the customer, at least at the beginning, doing the proper self defense thing, I'm guessing he'll not have any charges filed, probably just a talking-to by the shooting team to remind him that the final actions were questionable. Thus far, no harm, no foul.

    Re. Texas law, I'm not totally sure whether his shooting at the fleeing van was technically legal or not. I tend to think no, but Tx has some strange self defense laws that are only active "after sunset", including allowing use of lethal force protecting property only. But while the guys are getting away and did NOT steal something? I doubt it.

    The guy did step over the line and I'm sure he'll be reminded of that, but I'm guessing no charges.
  • mkk41mkk41 Banned Posts: 1,932 Senior Member
    Not only that , if he was shooting at a fleeing vehicle , he most likey wasn't paying attention to whatever else was in that direction , or beyond it. Reckless endangerment sounds like a start , if there were any homes , businesses beyond.
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    Plain dumb.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • 104RFAST104RFAST Senior Member Posts: 1,281 Senior Member
    Maybe the guy's in the van were shooting at him ??
    mkk41 wrote: »
    I wouldn't be surprised if Denny's now posts 'NO GUNS" signs on all their stores and sued the armed citizen who fought back.

    Ohhh! Just read the article. He fired at the van as it was going away. Even in Texas , that's gotta be a no-no!
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    104RFAST wrote: »
    Maybe the guy's in the van were shooting at him ??

    No, they weren't. The only gunfire was inside Denny's. The defender stepped way over the line when he went outside to pursue the robbers.

    He wasn't charged although even in Texas, he'd broken the law, but I'm betting the cops sat him down and gave him a thorough talking-too and warning.
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