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Another example of a concealed carry citizen saving the day unfolded in Texas last week.

At a Home Depot store in Amarillo, a man suspected of stealing power tools was confronted by the store’s loss prevention officer in the parking lot, reported KVII-TV.

The two ended up in a struggle after the officer caught the suspect, 35 year-old  Ricky Solis, when he tried to flee. Another man stepped in and tried to help Solis escape, police said, kicking the loss prevention officer in the face.

The second suspect then retrieved a tire iron from his car and allegedly returned to assault the officer, according to KVII.

That’s when a citizen who witnessed the scene stepped in to help.

He drew his gun and ordered the men to get on the ground, but the second suspect got back in his car and fled. The armed citizen kept his gun trained on Solis who was subsequently handcuffed by the loss prevention officer, who had suffered minor injuries to his face.

Solis was arrested for robbery and the merchandise returned to the Home Depot store, police said. They are still searching for the second suspect, identified as Ryan Guzman, who has been issued a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

This is not the only case of violent robbery in Amarillo Home Depot stores, as recent incidents have involved suspects struggling with the store’s security guards. In one of two cases in January, a suspect allegedly ended up on top of the officer with his arm crushing the guard’s neck, Bearing Arms reported. A customer intervened and assisted the officer in this case.

Wonder if the Home Depot stores would reconsider arming their loss prevention officers in the event a weapon-carrying customer is not available to intervene in the future?

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