Two shot in N. TX believed to be robbery suspects; 1 killed

Two men who were found shot in a car Thursday night in Euless are believed to be responsible for a string of crimes.          

Police say their last crime was a convenience store robbery in Hurst, just minutes from where a homeowner killed one of them and wounded the other.

Hurst police say around 8:15 p.m. Thursday, homeowner Phillip Thomas watched two men park a car on Charlene Drive, then walk to the Norwood Quick Stop.

Police say after they robbed it, they ran back to their car, where Thomas, who says he's been robbed six times, confronted them.

"They opened fire on him, and he opened fire back and protected himself," said neighbor Gary Coulson.

Thomas was shot in the upper thigh. He told FOX 4 on Friday that he's thankful his injuries weren't worse.

Police say the two robbery suspects were also hit, but managed to drive away.

A short time later, Euless police found one of the suspects dead in a car and the other injured at an apartment complex.

Thomas told FOX 4 that the robbers deserved it.

"I think he's extremely brave," said Rebecca McMurtrey. "I admire his courage for being able to stand up for his rights and for his home and for everybody around here."

Euless police think the two suspects are the same men responsible for four robberies since November.

Surveillance video from Nov. 25 at a Dollar General Store shows two men demanding cash and holding an employee up at gunpoint.

At one point, a suspect has an employee empty out all the registers, while a second employee gathers all the money for the robbers.

Police say they got away with up to $400.

Homeowners on Charlene Drive are starting a petition for safety upgrades, including more lighting.

But they say that the biggest deterrent to ongoing crime was to finally show that it won't be tolerated.

"This group of citizens and people out here stick together, and you don't know who's armed," said McMurtrey.  

Police say the suspect who survived was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a hospital and is now in jail awaiting charges.

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