Houston Meat Market Manager Shoots Armed Robber

The manager of a Houston meat market shot an armed robber threatening the life of a teenage clerk.

J.L. Nickel, manager of Burt's Meat Market in Houston, shot an armed robber in the back of the head.|Photo by Click2Houston

The manager of a Houston meat market shot an armed robber threatening the life of a teenage clerk.

According to Click2Houston, Burt’s Meat Market — which has been in operation for over 60 years — was the site of the violent encounter on a busy Saturday this past weekend.

The clerk was working behind the counter when the suspect approached with his gun drawn and began demanding money. When the clerk didn’t respond fast enough, the suspect fired a warning shot.

At this point, store manager J.L. Nickel — who was in his office across from the checkout counter at this point — sprang into action. He grabbed his gun, which he’s never had to use in his 23 years of managing the meat market, and shot at the suspect twice, hitting the man once in the back of the head.

Nickel said he was operating on pure instinct when he opened fire.

“Just spur of the moment,” he told Click2Houston. “I just did what I had to do. Everything happened and I just did it on instinct. I was just worried about everyone else in here.”

Despite being shot, the robber managed to escape. Police are still looking for him.

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[h/t to GunsSaveLives.net]

Read more: http://www.click2houston.com

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  • Sgt Bill

    what caliber? shot in back of head and escaped, try explaining that at the ER. “I accidently shot myself in the back of the head” hope he goes room temp from lead poisoning

    • drkennethnoisewater

      .22LR I guess :/

  • Jess James

    Must have shot him in the wrong head.