Monday, August 4, 2008

Robber Shot To Death at Houston Business

Houston, Texas

From the August 4, 2008 Houston Chronicle:

Gunfire broke out during a holdup at a family-owned roofing company early Sunday, leaving one attempted robber dead and the business owner seriously wounded, Houston police said.

Detectives said Sergio Rodriguez, his brother and a co-worker were preparing to open about 6:50 a.m. when three or four armed men forced their way inside the building in the 10500 block of Foy.

"Somewhere in the middle of the (robbery), Mr. Rodriguez was shot," said Houston Police Department homicide investigator Fil Waters.

One of the roofers managed to grab a gun and began shooting, fatally striking one of the intruders and wounding another. Rodriguez also was struck during the gunfire exchange, police said.

"My understanding is that he's in surgery and will recover," Waters said.

Sergio Rodriguez Jr. stood outside the crime-scene tape later Sunday as police continued their investigation.

"To me, he's the man of steel," Rodriguez said of his wounded father. "He works every day, trying to take care of the family. Without him, I don't know what to do."

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