This incident involves a black man (Christopher Dew) who robbed a check cashing business in Irving, Texas, and took a young, white female hostage in the process.
While holding the young woman in a choke hold, at gunpoint, Irving police arrived.
The man threatened to kill her, and as he attempted to force her into his vehicle, police opened fire, killing him instantly.
The young woman, who seconds before believed she would be killed, ran into her rescuers arms.
A store owner captured her harrowing experience on cell phone video as it unfolded.
From Daily Mail:
The moment a robbery suspect was shot and killed by Texas Police after holding a woman hostage, has been caught on cellphone video.
The incredible footage shows the hostage situation unfold in a parking lot as a minutes-long stand-off ends in gunfire.
An employee of nearby store Comfy Furniture records the tense scene from the shop, just a few meters away.
According to an officer at the scene, the suspect violently grabbed a female hostage – who worked at the nearby Cash Store – and yelled that he would ‘kill her’, reported CBS news.
Police explained how the hostage taker worked his way around the side of the building and tried to force the woman into his car.
What followed was brief stand off that ended in police shooting dead the suspect.
Police spokesperson James McLellan told CBS that the hostage was grateful they were able to intervene.
The dramatic scene was filmed by Yousef Hajj, who is the former owner of Comfy Furniture according to Facebook.
As shots are heard Hajj exclaims: “Ooh, ooh, he shot him! Ooh, damn. He shot that motherf*cker. Holy sh*t!”
Wailing and cries of “Oh my god” are heard from a female voice that appears to be located between the two parked cars where the man was just shot dead.
A woman comes over and embraces a man who had been caught up in the scene.
Although initially filmed several meters away, Hajj then walks across the parking lot to get a view of the dead suspect, who is seen lying on the ground with a pool of blood near his head.
A witness told CBS:
“I heard what I thought was a tire blowing out of a car and then I realized it was a gunshot. I turned to my right and I saw the man lying on the ground and a bunch of cops were by the door.”
Police say that the Cash Store was robbed at gun point just under a month ago, with another store in nearby North Irving robbed a few days prior to that.
It’s unclear at this point if the robberies are in any way connected.