SAN ANTONIO – A Texas father eating at a Popeye’s restaurant—and carrying his licensed handgun—shot a would-be robbery suspect Wednesday. The armed thief threatened the man’s family at gunpoint and demanded the dad’s belongings. The suspect was killed in the shooting while the man and his family are safe.
The San Antonio Police Department said Ander Herrera, 19, walked into the restaurant on South Flores Street just after 9 p.m. Wednesday and demanded Carlos Molina hand over his cash.
Molina, 32, said he had no money because he just purchased his family a meal. He then asked if his family could leave. However, the gunman turned toward the counter and started yelling at a manager who was trying to take cover, FOX29 reported.
Authorities said two more members of Molina’s family came out of a restroom amid the commotion and the suspect pointed his gun at them.
Molina then drew his own legally possessed firearm and defended himself and his family. He fired at Herrera several times. Consequently, the suspect died.
Father fatally shoots robber who pointed gun at his children in Popeyes https://t.co/wTDegfLNfr – Carlos Molina is a Hero.This is what happens when a Good Guy with a gun stops a bad guy…BRAVO!!!
— NCBONDSMAN13 (@CCW40) December 8, 2017
Officers told Fox29 they believed Molina fired at Herrera in defense of a third person.
Based upon limited information supplied to news agencies, it appears the actions taken by Molina were justified under the circumstances, and he should not be subjected to charges.