THE suspect who shot and killed a grandmother at a Houston restaurant was killed by cops, authorities say.
Robin Baucom, 59, was shot in the torso at the Cracker Barrel where she worked for 34 years after helping a co-worker escape the gunman.
She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, where she later died, according to Harris County deputies.
The man, who police said was a “person of interest” in the incident was shot dead by deputies Monday evening.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the man was located in the 17700 block of W. Lake Houston Parkway in Atascocita. Deputies fired their weapons while trying to arrest the man.
The man was transported to the hospital in critical condition where he was later pronounced dead.
The person of interest had two open felony warrants that were unrelated to the shooting that killed Baucom. Deputies approached the man, who was on foot.
When they called out his name, authorities said the man started running. Deputies said that it appeared that he had a weapon and that he was pointing it at them.
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No deputies were injured in the shooting and the person’s identity has not been released as of yet.
According to deputies, Baucom’s co-worker was approached by a man in the passenger seat of a metallic gray Dodge Charger when he allegedly got out and tried to grab the employee’s purse.
Baucom, who was already inside the restaurant, let her employee inside and pushed back on the door to stop the man from entering. He pulled out a gun and shot Baucom.
Baucom is survived by her husband, three children and three grandchildren.
“Our condolences go out to her family. Sad to think these victims were simply starting their day, working,” said Gonzalez on Twitter.
A vigil was held outside the restaurant for Baucom and was attended by family and friends.
“She is our hero and we hope she will be remembered as a hero because she lost her life trying to protect her employees and Cracker Barrel,” said Baucom’s sister, Gail Baucom, to KPRC.
“She was always taking care of business wherever she was needed.”
In a statement, Cracker Barrel acknowledged the shooting and Baucom’s death.
“We can confirm that there was a criminal shooting at our Houston store on North Freeway prior to opening Saturday morning which resulted in our store’s associate manager sustaining fatal injuries as she protected other employees from harm.
“All of Cracker Barrel is solely focused on supporting our manager’s family, her fellow employees, and local law enforcement as we grapple with this tragedy and grieve,” the company said.
As a result, the restaurant will be closed for at least a week. Employees will be receiving their usual pay, according to the company.
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