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East Texas gas station owner shoots robbery suspect in buttocks

Published: Aug. 18, 2015 at 7:40 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2015 at 9:49 AM CDT
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Papa Fatayri showing off newspaper clipping from another robbery, where he also shot the...
Papa Fatayri showing off newspaper clipping from another robbery, where he also shot the suspect (Source: Terrell Tribune)
GAS convenience store in Terrell (Source: Terrell Tribune)
GAS convenience store in Terrell (Source: Terrell Tribune)

TERRELL, TX (KLTV) - A robbery suspect is in critical condition after police say he was shot in the buttocks by a convenience store owner, and crashed the car he used to flee from the scene.

Terrell Police Captain A.D. Sansom says a 22-year-old man walked into the GAS convenience store at 402 S. Virginia, and asked to use the restroom. Soon after, he walked back out to the counter with his face covered, showed the owner and his spouse a gun, and demanded money. The clerk pulled out his own handgun and shot the suspect in the buttocks as he fled from the store.

As officers arrived, they saw the suspect jump into a car and drive towards Highway 80. Officers gave chase, reaching speeds up to 100 miles-per-hour as they drove from Terrell to Wills Point. Backup from the Texas Highway Patrol, Kaufman and Van Zandt County deputies arrived a short time later.

As the pursuit continued into Wills Point, Sansom says the suspect lost control of his car, crossed into the center lane of the highway, and was ejected when the vehicle flipped.

The man was taken by Flight for Life to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, where he is listed in critical condition. Since his injuries may be life-threatening, police are not releasing his name at this time.

The suspect has been charged with aggravated robbery. Texas Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

According to the Terrell Tribune, the convenience store owner, Fahed "Papa" Fatayri, says this is not the first time his store had been robbed. He recalled an incident about 20 years ago where an armed robber came into the store.

"I shot him six or seven times," Fatayri told the Tribune.

He still has a yellowed newspaper clipping showing the investigation of that robbery, which he says made the front page. 

Neither Fatayri or his wife, Itidal, were hurt in the incident.

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