- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 14, 2016

A suspected armed robber is on life support after he was shot several times by a concealed carrier at a Dallas-area Waffle House.

The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Antoine Devon Cooper, entered the restaurant in DeSoto at 2:30 a.m. on July 7 and robbed numerous people as well as the business itself, witnesses told police.

Mr. Cooper was allegedly armed with an AK-47 during the robbery, The Dallas Morning News reported.

One customer, who was legally carrying a concealed handgun, followed the robber into the parking lot because he was afraid for the safety of his wife, who was on her way to join him at the Waffle House, The Morning News reported.

The customer called out to the robber, who turned and pointed the rifle at him, police said. The customer then shot Mr. Cooper several times.

Police officers arrived on the scene and found the suspect lying in the parking lot. He was transported to a local hospital and remains on life support, reports said Wednesday.

Police have not filed charges against the unidentified customer who shot Mr. Cooper.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing and will be referred to a grand jury, the New York Daily News reported.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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