Robber puts gun to 78-year-old’s head, demands his wallet. Then victim pulls...

Robber puts gun to 78-year-old’s head, demands his wallet. Then victim pulls out something more [video]

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A 78-year-old Houston homeowner has a morning ritual.

At about 5:30 a.m. each day, he exits his house and grabs the newspaper. And he typically carries his gun, KHOU-TV reported.

On Monday morning, the homeowner repeated his routine — and it took a terrifying turn.

Image source: KHOU-TV screen cap

The driver of a pickup truck exited his vehicle, KHOU said, approached the homeowner, put a gun to his head and demanded his wallet.

“I hear … ‘Pow, pow, pow, pow!’ real loud,” a neighbor told the station afterward.

That’s because as the victim gave the suspect his wallet, he also pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the suspect and his vehicle, police said. The suspect then fled in a light-colored pickup truck, police added.

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The suspect, who has yet to be identified, was found in the truck shortly afterward and had suffered gunshot wounds, police said. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, police added.

The victim’s son — who was inside the house at the time of the incident — told KHOU his father was just trying to protect himself and his family. He never wanted to take someone’s life, the man’s son told the station, but with a gun to his head, he had little choice.

The victim wasn’t injured, police said.

Neighbors told KHOU the victim owns several properties and is well-liked.

“I’m glad that our landlord is OK, ’cause we depend on him a lot,” one tenant told the station. “He looks out for us, he makes a lot of repairs around here and he works very hard.”

No charges have been filed, KHOU reported, but a grand jury will look at the case.

This story has been updated.