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Robber shot to death by would-be victim, Arlington police say

Arlington police are investigating the shooting death of a suspected robber who may have been killed by his would-be victim.
Arlington police are investigating the shooting death of a suspected robber who may have been killed by his would-be victim. Courtesy of Arlington Police Dep

A suspected robber was found shot to death in his vehicle near an Arlington convenience store, and police said Monday that he may have been killed by one of his intended victims.

The man’s identity hasn’t been released pending notification of his family, police said.

About 7 p.m. Sunday, police received a call about a shooting at a convenience store in the 3300 block of South Watson Road, which serves as the Texas 360 frontage road near East Mayfield Road. Officers arrived and searched the area, and found a man with a gunshot wound in a wrecked car a couple of blocks away, at the intersection of East Mayfield Road and Carter Drive.

He was taken by ambulance to an unidentified area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are still working on their investigation but believe the man was shot during an attempted robbery involving two other people, said Arlington police spokesman Christopher Cook.

“During the attempted robbery, the suspect was shot by one his intended victims and then attempted to flee the scene in his vehicle,” Cook said in an email.

The two other people involved were interviewed but no arrests were made.

Detectives will present the case to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office for review, he said.

Gordon Dickson: 817-390-7796, @gdickson

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