Texas police are seeking a vigilante diner who shot dead a suspected robber carrying a fake gun in a Houston taqueria restaurant, then helped diners recover the money and disappeared. The incident, which was captured by surveillance video inside the Ranchito #4 Taqueria, shows the man drawing a weapon and killing the robbery suspect by shooting him multiple times, including in the back and head, The Guardian reports. The robber’s weapon was later revealed to be a “plastic gun”, either an air-soft or BB gun. Houston police say charges have not been filed against the man, described as a white or Hispanic male, but they want to speak to him about “his role in the shooting.” Police Lt. R Willkens said the robbery suspect was in his 20s, wearing a black ski mask and black gloves, when he entered the restaurant and pointed a weapon at customers and demanded their wallets and money.
The vigilante diner can be seen drawing his weapon as the suspect walked by heading for the exit. Police said the man fired at least nine shots at the suspect. He then collected and returned the stolen money to diners before leaving the scene before police arrived. “Everyone has left the store except the owners and workers of the store,” Willkens said. “It would be great if they would come back to the scene and talk to us or call." Texas’s stand your ground statutes allow for someone to defend themselves if they feel their life is in danger, though the line between what constitutes self-defense and unnecessary force can be fine. Thomas Nixon, a former Houston police officer and now a lawyer told KPRC-TV that the customer was within his rights under Texas law. “The person he shot was in the process of committing robbery and consequently his use of force in defense of himself and innocent third parties is completely justified”, Nixon said. “He was reasonably in fear of serious bodily injury or death."