Armed Robber Shot Dead by Houston Hero Was Out on Bond for Assault and Parole for Fatal Armed Robbery

The armed robber shot dead in a Houston Taqueria by a hero citizen has been identified as career criminal Eric Eugene Washington, who has a long history of violent and deadly crime.

As Slay News reported earlier, Washington was shot dead by a good guy with a gun during a failed armed robbery.

30-year-old Washington had previously served 6 years of a 15-year sentence for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Washington was convicted in 2015 in connection with the murder of 52-year-old Hamid Waraich.

Waraich, the owner of a Boost Mobile cell phone store, was shot in the back during a robbery.

Washington was paroled in 2021 after serving six years.

Sean Waraich, the victim’s son, said Washington is “an evil criminal that took joy from harassing and robbing innocent families.”

He called the Houston man who finally put a stop to Washington’s criminal behavior “a true hero who did the right thing in stopping the robber and protecting the community from a dangerous perpetrator.”

Aman Waraich, another son of the victim, said: “If the guy who stopped Eric was around 10 years ago, maybe I’d still have my dad.”

At the time of the Houston shooting, Washington was out on bond for a December domestic violence and aggravated battery charge against his girlfriend.

The good guy with a gun who shot and killed the thug is cooperating with authorities.

His attorney said:

“My client, who wishes to remain anonymous, was dining with a friend at El Ranchito Taqueria and as it has been seen on video, a robbery suspect entered the restaurant, and pointed a weapon at my client and the other customers demanding money.

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“In fear of his life and his friend’s life my client acted to protect everyone in the restaurant.

“In Texas, a shooting is justified in self-defense, defense of others and in defense of property.

“The customer has met with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and Investigators with HPD homicide.

“He fully intends to continue cooperating with the ongoing investigation.

“When the investigation is complete, this case will be presented to a Grand Jury.

“We are confident that a Grand Jury will conclude that the shooting was justified under Texas Law.

“This event has been very traumatic, taking a human life is something he does not take lightly and will burden him for the rest of his life.

“For that reason, he wishes to remain anonymous,” the attorney said.

“Due to the overwhelming coverage, we ask the media and the public to respect his privacy.”

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David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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