"HOUSTON â?? A jewelry store owner shot and killed three armed men who tried to rob his business, police said.
Two men were in an east Houston jewelry store Thursday afternoon pretending to be customers when a third man burst into the store and stated, "This is a robbery," Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said.
All three men then pulled out pistols, tied up the store owner's wife and took her to a back room, Smith said.
As they were trying to tie up the store owner, the 52-year-old took out a handgun from his waistband and fatally shot one of the suspects, Smith said. The store owner then grabbed a shotgun and shot and killed the two other suspects in the ensuring gunbattle, Smith said."
Without being armed, anything could have happened to this man and wife. And where owning a gun is hard to legally do, this man probably would have been helpless.