In Houston, Texas activists led by the New Black Panther Nation's Quanell X are calling for the arrest of the armed taqueria customer who opened fire on an armed assailant during a foiled robbery on Jan. 6th.
Eric Eugene Washington entered the Houston taqueria and pointed a gun at the guests demanding their money. As the 30-year-old career criminal gathered the money an armed customer is seen on video rising from his seat producing a concealed weapon and firing at Washington several times.
Washington has a litany of prior convictions and was previously imprisoned for 15 years for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in connection to the murder of 62-year-old Hamid Waraich, Fox News reported citing KTRK-TV.
Quanell X told a press conference at the restaurant, “He was within the law when he fired the first initial shots,” before adding, “But we believe he went from being a law-abiding citizen to a lawbreaker.”
X refers to the fact that the armed customer took several shots at Washington, striking him, and then approached him and continued to fire. Washington ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
Under the Texas penal code regarding any instances of “robbery by threat, or aggravated robbery, where deadly force is presumed justified,” Harris County District Attorney’s Office lawyer Nathan Beedle told KHOU-TV. “I can point you exactly where it is in the law, 9.31 and 9.32 of the penal code. Whether someone uses deadly force in the situation, that is presumed to be correct under Texas law.”
The 46-year-old armed customer whose name has been withheld by authorities left the scene initially but was questioned with his attorney present the following Monday, The Daily Wire reported.
According to Fox News, his attorney released a statement saying: “In Texas, a shooting is justified in self-defense, defense of others, and defense of property.”
The full raw video with audio is available here.
Candace Matthews also of the New Black Panther Nation told the press, “You do not go and shoot someone over and over when they are no longer a threat.”
She added. “He was actually in the clear for a justified kill by shooting him like he did the first time when he was no longer a threat.”
Fox Houston reported that the armed patron fired a total of nine shots at Washington as he pointed a gun at other customers. But added that Washington was shot further after he had collapsed to the floor.
“I'm hoping the grand jury does something because if they don't, the message that will be sent will be the wild wild west,” Quanell X told reporters.
“He should be charged with something,” saying the man left the scene before authorities arrived and fired even after Washington was unarmed.
X went on to state that while he didn't condone Washington's crime and that he deserved punishment, he didn't deserve death. He alleged that the customer who shot Washington dumped a drink on him and threw the cup at him as he left the restaurant as well.
“At the least, it's called abuse of a corpse, that's a misdemeanor crime in Harris County,” X added.