Would-be robber, armed with AK-47, shot by man with concealed pistol

Fearing a robber armed with an AK-47 might hurt his wife, a man with a concealed-carry permit fired several shots at the thief outside a Waffle House restaurant in DeSoto, Texas.

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Police found the would-be robber, identified Wednesday as 26-year-old Antione Devon Cooper, of Dallas, shot multiple times in the Waffle House parking lot while responding July 7 to a report of an aggravated robbery.

Witnesses told investigators that Cooper was armed with an AK-47 rifle when he walked into the restaurant, robbing it and multiple customers.

He left the business on foot, and a man with a handgun license followed.

The unidentified customer told police his wife was on her way to the restaurant when the robbery took place.

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“The customer (told investigators) that he feared the suspect would harm his wife when she arrived, or return to the store and harm customers or employees,” according to the DeSoto Police Department.

The customer called out to Cooper, who turned to face the man with the AK-47 drawn. The customer fired several shots at Cooper, incapacitating him. According to police, he was last listed on life support at a local hospital.

Police did not arrest the armed customer. The case will be sent to a grand jury to determine whether any charges will be filed against the man.