A 71-year-old man shot and killed a robbery suspect Tuesday night near a Dallas grocery store after the suspect knocked down the elderly man’s wife and stole her gold necklace, Dallas police said Wednesday.
The identity of the slain suspect had not been released as of Wednesday morning.
Witnesses told Dallas police that the shooting was in self-defense, but the case will be presented to a Dallas County grand jury for consideration.
The shooting occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday near the Aldi grocery store, 3128 Forest Lane, in Dallas.
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The 71-year-old man and his wife were confronted by the suspect as they walked out of the store. The suspect approached the woman and grabbed a gold necklace off her neck, Dallas police said in an email Wednesday. He then knocked the woman down.
Her husband, who was carrying a concealed handgun, pulled his gun and fired multiple shots at the suspect who began to run away, Dallas police said.
The suspect entered a vehicle and tried to drive off, but he died from his gunshot wounds, authorities said. The suspect’s vehicle collided with a parked vehicle.
The 71-year-old man possessed a valid concealed handgun license, police said.
After being interviewed by detectives, the man was released on his own recognizance.