Not the way I would have handled it at all, but it was also $600. And even if I'd had a C/C on me inside of the store, still no shooting, too many people and not good odds of surviving or not hitting somebody else, or causing them to shoot somebody else. And it's good to know about the fresh pursuit law. There are, without a doubt, some things I'd chase somebody down over.HOUSTON – Imagine that you’re sitting in a Waffle House restaurant early one morning when three masked gunmen storm the place and rob everyone inside. What would you do? It happened right here in Houston the day before Easter, and it was all caught by surveillance cameras. When one of the victims, Charlton Houston, was confronted by the gunmen, he surrendered $600 in cash. But when the robbers fled, he decided to fight back. Surveillance video shows Houston, who has a concealed handgun license, running to his car, grabbing his 9mm pistol and taking off after the suspects. "I shot like 15 times. I shot five times running," Houston said.
But was he within his rights? 11 News legal analyst Gerald Treece said he was.
"I didn’t say it was prudent. I just say it’s not illegal," Treece said. "They were not only using deadly force, they had automatic weapons aimed at him. He has a right under Texas law to protect himself and protect his property." And that even includes scenarios, such as the Waffle House incident, when the danger is no longer imminent. Treece said it’s called the "right of fresh pursuit."
Justin Franks, an instructor for 360 Tactical Training, said Houston might have acted differently if he’d undergone a certain amount of training. "As CHL holders, we’re responsible for every bullet that leaves the gun," Franks said.
In Houston’s case, police believe some of those bullets lodged in the suspects’ late-model Chevy Tahoe. But as of Friday, investigators had yet to find the vehicle or the men. It was unclear if any of them was shot. Police said they checked emergency rooms for patients matching the suspects’ descriptions, but they came up short.
There's a video with the link showing footage of the robbery.
Glad I don't live in Houston anymore. Ughhhh.