Humble gas station clerk shot, killed after men stole bag of chips

A Humble store clerk is dead after attempting to stop two men who stole a bag of chips from a gas station, police report.

According to Humble Police Department Assistant Chief Dan Zientek, officials were called to Will Clayton Parkway and U.S. 59 at Eastex Freeway about shots fired.

When officers arrived, they found a 42-year-old man suffering gunshot wounds in the front seat of a car in the median. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

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Zientek says two younger Black males had entered the Sunoco gas station and stole a bag of chips. The 42-year-old man was an employee at the store and got into a verbal altercation with them about the incident.

When the two men walked outside, the employee followed them to watch where they went, officials confirm. Zientek reports the employee followed them in his car when they began shooting.

Authorities say the employee tried to reverse and ended up on the side median of the roadway.

One suspect then took off towards the railroad nearby while the other went towards the freeway, police say.

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An extensive search was conducted by Humble PD, Harris County Sheriff's Office Constable Deputies, and Constable K9 Units.

"It's tragic in many aspects," said Assistant Chief Zientek. "It's tragic all the way around."

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Humble police say they have met with the victim's family.

According to Zientek, the suspects could be charged with Capital Murder.

Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to contact the Humble Police Department or HCSO.