Suspect killed during Popeye's robbery possibly linked to other crimes, police say

Medical examiner still working to identify dead man

By Katrina Webber - Crime Fighters Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police said a deadly shooting at a South Side restaurant may mark the end of a robbery spree.

Suspect killed in botched robbery at fast food joint on South Side

They said they believe the man who was killed may have committed other recent crimes.

“Our robbery unit is looking into this and seeing if that particular suspect is linked to other robberies,” said Officer Douglas Greene, a public information officer for the department.

The Bexar County medical examiner, meanwhile, is still working to identify the man.

The suspect was shot and killed shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday inside Popeye’s, located in the 800 block of SE Military.

Police said he was attempting to rob the business at the time and had pointed a gun at employees and a customer who was eating dinner with his family.

As it turned out, though, the customer was also armed and shot the suspect multiple times, police said.

“He found himself within a situation to where his life was threatened,” Greene said. "Here in the state of Texas, if you are in fear of loss of life, loss of property, you have a right to defend yourself."

Greene said the customer, 32, has a concealed handgun license and appears to have done everything right.

He said while detectives are still investigating the case, it does not appear at this time that the shooter will face any charges.

The fast-food restaurant reopened for business as usual Thursday morning. 

Workers there declined to comment on the shooting.

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