Guard who shot 15-year-old robbery suspect says he had no choice
Police say teen was robbing Dollar Store
By Rosa Flores / 11 News
HOUSTON – Security guard Archie Paige says his six years in the Marines and 25 years in law enforcement prepared him for a Dollar Store robbery that ended in gunfire.
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Surveillance video of robbery View larger E-mail Clip More Video The Dollar Store owner hired Paige after the store was robbed at gunpoint four times by the same group of teens.
Police say one of the teens tried again on Tuesday, but this time he didn’t get away.
“I told him to drop his pistol and he turned his pistol toward me and I fired a shot,” said Paige.
Surveillance video shows the suspect walking into the store, pointing his gun at the clerk and demanding money.
Paige says he sprung into action when he heard the clerk screaming.
“When I heard her screaming, ‘Don’t shoot me. Don’t shoot me. You can take all the money. Don’t shoot me.’ That’s when I came around the corner with my 12-guage shotgun,” said Paige.
Paige said that he asked the 15-year-old suspect to drop his gun and lay on the floor.
“He kept reaching for his gun. I told him, 'Don’t reach for the gun or I’m going to shoot you.' He reached for his gun and I shot him again on his shoulder and still no reaction,” said Paige.
The teenage suspect has two bullet wounds, but he's expected to be OK.
No one else was hurt.