HOUSTON—Family members say a man who was shot to death while shoplifting was mentally ill.
Troy D. Rector, 45, stole a 12-pack of beer from a gas station off Elgin in southeast Houston, according to police.
A 19-year-old clerk chased him down and shot him several times.
Rector died at the scene.
Relatives say Rector was off his medication and had escaped from a care facility just a few days before he was shot.
"He had his flaws like all of us, but he did not deserve to be gunned down by some young person who thought they was a vigilante taking the law into their own hands," said Rector’s sister Terri Rector. "That was my brother."
Workers at the gas station say Rector was a brazen shoplifter.
"The one guy come here every day and he steals a 12-pack and 20-pack every day," said M. D. Zaman, another store employee.
The store is equipped with surveillance cameras on the inside and outside. The entire incident was recorded and is being reviewed by police.
Under Texas law, you can use deadly force to protect yourself or your property if a crime is being committed and you’re in "fresh pursuit."
The case is being referred to the grand jury without charges.