"A grand jury will decide whether an armed taqueria customer, who shot and killed a robber last week in southwest Houston and is now being hailed a hero, will be criminally charged," noted a report in KTRK.
"Investigators said the 46-year-old customer, who police have not identified because he's not under arrest, turned himself in and is cooperating with detectives," the report continued.
The unidentified customer went viral online last week when video of the incident was published. He has since obtained legal counsel. KTRK reported that the man shot the robber, 30-year-old Eric Eugene Washington, eight times, killing him. Houston police say that Washington's gun was just a plastic toy -- perhaps an air soft pistol -- but there was no way anyone could have known that at the time.
"My client, who wishes to remain anonymous, was dining with a friend at El Ranchito Taqueria and as it has been seen on video, a robbery suspect entered the restaurant, and pointed a weapon at my client and the other customers demanding money. In fear of his life and his friend's life my client acted to protect everyone in the restaurant," the attorney said.
"In Texas, a shooting is justified in self-defense, defense of others and in defense of property. The customer has met with the Harris County District Attorney's Office and Investigators with HPD homicide. He fully intends to continue cooperating with the ongoing investigation," the attorney' statement continued.
"When the investigation is complete, this case will be presented to a Grand Jury. We are confident that a Grand Jury will conclude that the shooting was justified under Texas Law. This event has been very traumatic, taking a human life is something he does not take lightly and will burden him for the rest of his life. For that reason, he wishes to remain anonymous. Due to the overwhelming coverage, we ask the media and the public to respect his privacy," the statement added.
Like so many other criminals let out by Soros-funded DAs, Washington was also a career criminal who refused to play by society's rules and should have been in prison. But he was let out so he could pick right up where he left off with his life of crime, and now, he's dead. In many ways, DA Ogg is responsible for his death, and Soros has blood on his hands as well.
Records show Washington had an extensive criminal history and was out on bond during the would-be robbery.
Records show that in 2015, Washington was convicted on a lesser charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection to the shooting death of 62-year-old Hamid Waraich, a cell phone store owner. Houston police also charged two other men.
According to records, Washington was released on parole in 2021 and charged with assaulting his girlfriend in December 2022.
Waraich had a fiancée and three sons who reacted strongly when contacted by ABC13.
"If the guy who stopped Eric was around 10 years ago, maybe I'd still have my dad," Aman Waraich, son of the store clerk that was killed, told the outlet.
"Eric was an evil criminal that took joy in harassing and robbing innocent families. The individual at the taqueria is a true hero!" Sean Waraich, the victim's other son, noted as well. "He did the right thing in stopping the robber and in protecting the community from a dangerous perpetrator."
It should also be noted that the dead thug, Washington, was the one who put the man who shot and killed him in the position to do so by Washington's own actions.