Father kills armed robber who pointed gun at family

San Antonio police say a man licensed to carry shot and killed an armed suspect at an area chicken joint after he threatened members of his family with a gun.

Carlos Molina, 32, was eating a meal with his family at a Popeyes location just before 9 p.m. Wednesday when Andres Herrera, 19, approached him with a firearm and demanded money. Molina told Herrera he didn’t have any money and asked if his family could go, SBG San Antonio reported.

Herrera reportedly turned to the counter and demanded money from employees then pointed his gun at two additional members of Molina’s family who emerged from a restroom, at which point the father pulled his own gun and shot the subject.

A suspected accomplice, Trevon Atkinson, 18, was arrested by police on Friday. A hotel keycard found on Herrera’s body led to a room rented to Atkinson that contained jewelry with tags from a pawn shop that had recently been burglarized. Herrera’s girlfriend said she hoped his death helped people make better choices.

“I hope that everybody can learn something from this that there’s other ways than to rob or to steal,” said Eva Bravo.