Business owner shoots robbery suspect threatening customer

DALLAS – Police say a business owner shot one robbery suspect and scared away two others when he saw the men threaten and try to rob a frequent customer.

At 5:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a call about a robbery in the 1600 block of S. Beltline Road. According to a DPD news release, the victim, who frequents a standalone car wash on South Beltline Road between Highway 175 and Seagoville Rd., was approached by three men who pointed guns at him and demanded money.

The owner of the car wash saw the robbery in progress, stepped outside with his weapon and "challenged the suspects." The suspects turned towards the business owner, who began firing at the suspects. They fled the scene in a silver vehicle.

At about 7 a.m., a man turned up at Charlton Methodist Hospital with a gunshot wound. Detectives interviewed the man, who confessed to have taken part in the attempted robbery.

That suspect's identity will be released when he is formally charged later Monday.

Two other suspects remain at large. No further identifying information was provided.


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