April 7, 2005, 12:23AM
Pawnshop heist ends in bloody shootout
20 rounds fired; one robber killed, another wounded
By PEGGY O'HARE
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle
An estimated 20 rounds were fired inside a southeast Houston pawnshop Wednesday during a shootout among armed robbers, an off-duty Brookside Village police officer and the store manager, investigators said.
When it ended, one of the robbers was dead, and another who was thought to be wounded fled with his accomplices, police said. Neither the officer nor store manager was seriously hurt, nor were the bystanders crouched on the ground, despite the shell casings, broken glass and blood littering the inside of the Magnolia Pawn Shop at 1000 Evergreen near Lawndale.
The store manager, described by police as "the hero of the day," fired the first shot in the volley of gunfire, likely saving the life of Brookside Village police officer Greg Hernandez, investigators said. Eight people in addition to the robbers and the officer were inside the store at the time.