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An employee at a Family Dollar store in Texas opened fire on a would-be shoplifter, hitting him multiple times and killing him, police said Tuesday.
Antonio Batres, 21, now faces a murder charge for shooting the 49-year-old man in the back after a “physical altercation” at the Houston Family Dollar around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Houston police. .
The victim was attempting to steal items from the discount store when he was confronted by a group of employees, including Batres, police said in a statement.
Batres and the alleged robber then got into a fight and a melee ensued.
“Further investigation determined that the victim had his back to Batres, who then drew a handgun and shot the victim multiple times,” the statement said.
The injured man was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. He has not been identified.
Batres was booked Tuesday and was being held in the Harris County jail on bail set at $75,000, jail records show. He is due back in court on Monday.