A 16 year old Texas teenager finds himself facing murder charges after he and two friends encountered an armed citizen during an attempted armed robbery.
Under Texas law, you can be charged with murder if anyone dies while you are committing a crime, even if you didn’t pull the trigger yourself.
According to Valley Central,
Pharr police said Perez, the 16-year-old and another suspect attempted to rob Deuce’s Smoke Shop in Pharr early Monday morning.
Three suspects stormed the shop wearing hoodies and when the three gunmen walked in, they shouted “hands up!”
The owner of the smoke shop told Action 4 News that he feared for his life especially when he saw three armed suspects walk through the front door.
Investigators said the owner, who feared for his life, reached for his gun and fatally shot 18-year-old Perez.
The third suspect is still on the loose.
Police say that this same shop has been robbed once before. That time the thieves were luckier and made off with some cash and a gun.