On Tuesday night, police allege that an unidentified suspect attacked an elderly couple as they left an Aldi grocery store in Northwest Dallas, Texas. The thief knocked the woman to the ground and tried to run off with her gold necklace.
But 71-year-old Ronnie Lummus wasn’t having any of it.
After seeing what had happened, he pulled out his concealed weapon and opened fire on the suspect, killing him while he was en route to his escape car.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the couple, along with witnesses, were interviewed by detectives to corroborate the events that took place.
Lummus explained to officers that he used lethal force after fearing for his and his wife’s safety, then they both were free to go.
Although they have not be charged with any crime. officials disclose that the case will be handed over to a Texas grand jury.
Texas is a Castle Doctrine state with a stand-your-ground law, which means law abiding citizens may use any level of force, including lethal, if they believe they face a looming and immediate threat of injury or death.