Conroe, Texas–One suspect was killed after a robbery turned into a shoot-out in a Texas jewelry store Monday.
According to local reports, four men entered Jeff’s Jewelry store on Monday afternoon while customers were in the store.
After demanding money, jewelry and purses, a shoot-out began, with one of the suspects firing first after seeing that store owner Jeff Turner Jr. had a gun.
One of the suspects was shot and killed–21-year-old Javian Jackson–but the remaining three fled the store, eventually ditching their white Dodge Charger getaway car, which the police searched for evidence.
None of the store employees or customers were hurt during the incident.
The Conroe Police Department did not respond to requests for more information by press time, but local news stories report that they still are looking for the remaining three suspects.
Though the store didn’t respond to a request for comment, Turner’s attorney E. Tay Bond is quoted told The Courier, “You always have a right to defend yourself, especially when the robber shoots at you.”
This isn’t the first incident for Jeff’s Jewelry. In 2014, a van backed into the front of the store, with five men jumping out and smashing through the door with a sledgehammer and brandishing guns. After failing to get out through the back door with the employees, they faced the robbers, who fled when they realized an employee had a gun.
While the Jewelers’ Security Alliance’s John Kennedy declined to comment on the most recent incident, when it comes to store security, the organization generally recommends against attempting to disarm a robber or reaching for a concealed weapon.