A 53 year old store owner fired three shots at a fleeing suspect who had stolen two cartons of cigarettes from the JK Foodmart located at 3546 South Padre Island Drive.

Corpus Christi Police arrived at the store and were told by the owner that a black Honda Accord pulled into the store parking lot and a front seat passenger got out while the driver stayed inside the vehicle.

The suspect asked the store owner for two cartons of cigarettes and then attempted to pay for them with credit cards that were denied. When the owner told the suspect he couldn’t sell him the items, the suspect grabbed the two cartons and fled out the door of the store and got into the Honda.

While the Honda was backing out attempting to leave, the owner produced a handgun, that he kept at the store, and went out to confront the suspect. The suspect got out of the vehicle and fled on foot and the store owner fired three rounds from a handgun.

The suspect was last seen running north on Carroll Lane. It does not appear as though he was struck by any of the shots that were fired by the owner.

The driver of the Honda was detained by officers, but at this time no charges have been filed against him.

The suspect was not located and officers continue to investigate this crime.

Anyone who knows any additional information about these crimes should contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2840. Information about unsolved crimes may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at 888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.