Police shoot dead man suspected of killing ‘protector’ Cracker Barrel manager Robin Baucom

Police officers shot dead the gunman who murdered a manager at a Houston Cracker Barrel as she tried to protect a colleague from being assaulted, officials said Sunday night.

Undercover deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office were monitoring the murder suspect, a 28-year-old black man, when they saw him leave the scene around 6 p.m. 18 and start walking down the street, Mike Lee, assistant manager of Harris. County Sheriff’s Office, said at a news conference.

He was contacted by the deputies who called him by name before two deputies opened fire when they thought he had a weapon.

“He started running from them, and while they were chasing them, he made some movements, as if pointing a weapon at them. At that point, our deputies opened fire… at the suspect,” Lee said.

The suspect was transported to Kingwood Hospital in Houston, where he was pronounced dead. His name will not be released until he is identified by the county forensic office.

Deputies from the Harris County Sheriff's Office monitored the murder suspect, a 28-year-old black man, when they saw him walking on a road.
Deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office monitored the murder suspect, a 28-year-old black man, when they saw him walking on a road.
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Sgt. Dennis Wollford of the department’s homicide unit said the suspect had two open convictions for assault and was “believed to be armed and dangerous.”

Wollford said there is “not an obvious gun we have found,” but said officials are still dealing with the scene.

Beloved 59-year-old grandmother Robin Baucom, who had worked at the Cracker Barrel for nearly 34 years, was inside the eatery early Saturday when two men in a Dodge Charger pulled up near the front door, Star-Telegram reported.

“She was a protector. Not only with her family, but with those she worked with. She protected the workers and gave her life for them.”

Billy Crumpton, Robin Baucom’s brother

A man got out of the car and tried to snatch a purse from another employee as she tried to get in the door. Baucom saw what was happening and ran to unlock the front door so the employee could get in, and pushed to the robber while trying to force his way through the door.

Police officers fatally shot a suspect believed to be the gunman who murdered Robin Baucom, who worked as a manager at a Houston Cracker Barrel.
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During the altercation, the man shot Baucom in the chest. She was taken to hospital and underwent surgery, but succumbed to her injuries.

The two deputies who opened fire have still not made official statements, Chief Lee said. They will be temporarily put on admin leave, which is the protocol for officers involved in a fatal shooting, he said.

Police are still conducting interrogations and confirming testimony with surveillance footage to confirm that the deceased suspect was the shooter.

Grandmother and Cracker Barrel manager Robin Baucom died and protected his colleague during a robbery attempt.
Grandmother and Cracker Barrel manager Robin Baucom died and protected his colleague during a robbery attempt.
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“After this information is confirmed, we hope this case ends with some consolation for the family of Mrs. Baucom and her family,” Lee said.

Baucom’s family described her as a “hero” who will be remembered for losing her life by protecting a colleague from harm.

“She would have done anything in the world to protect her employees or any of us,” her daughter Tina told KTRK.

“When I started in kindergarten, she started at Cracker Barrel part time. She wanted to buy me back-to-school clothes, ”said Tina. ‘It was supposed to be a couple of months. Thirty-four years later, a heartache, and here we are. “

Baucom’s brother, Billy Crumpton, said: “The greatest love a person can have is giving his life for another person – and that’s exactly what she did,” Fox 26 Houston reported.

“She was a protector. Not just with her family, but with those she worked with. She protected the workers and gave her life for them,” Crumpton added.

Cracker Barrel said in a statement that the company “is solely focused on supporting our leader’s family, her colleagues and local law enforcement while we struggle with this tragedy and grief.”

Baucom left behind her husband, three children and three grandchildren.

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