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Read & React: Armed Texas Man Shoots Kidnappers Who Forced Wife to Rob Bank

by G&A Online Editors   |  August 6th, 2013 17

A pair of Texas kidnappers were dealt some Texas justice after trying to force a husband and wife to rob a bank—and it cost one of the criminals his life.

According to KHOU-TV in Houston, on Thursday, Aug. 1, 20-year-old Jordan Kutach and 21-year-old Preston Kutach staked out the home of a Columbus, Texas, woman who the suspects knew worked at the local First National Bank of Eagle Lake. The pair entered the home and held the woman and her husband—both of whom were not identified by authorities—at gunpoint, then forced them to drive to the bank after hours, where they forced the woman into taking out an undisclosed amount of cash from the vault.

The two then forced the husband to drive them south down Texas State Highway 71; that’s when things turned deadly.

Check out the video from KHOU-TV.

According to the Colorado County Sheriff’s Department, the husband—a reserve officer with the sheriff’s department—drew a firearm he had concealed in the vehicle, shooting both suspects at about 7:32 p.m.

Colorado County deputies and Columbus Police officers both discovered the suspects laying on the ground near the husband’s pickup. Preston Kutach was pronounced dead at Columbus Community Hospital, while Jordan Kutach was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition.

Sheriff’s investigators—assisted by Texas Rangers—are still interviewing witnesses and other individuals connected, and believe some surveillance video may have captured some of the crime on tape.

Regardless, many believe the husband will not face charges in the shooting. According to Texas Penal Code Section 9.31.b, “a person is justified in using force against another when and to the degree he reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to protect himself against the other’s use or attempted use of unlawful force.”

Being kidnapped and held at gunpoint certainly sounds justifiable to us.

What are your thoughts? How would you react in a similar situation?

  • diego durrell

    I’m just sad that one of the SOB’s lived!

  • Lee E Craven

    Waste of air time and fuel airlifting that guy to a hospital. Lots of good folk die on the way there having to use cars.

  • Josh Richer

    and the liberal media says violence dosnt have anything to do with movies and such…this sounds like a movie to me.

    • country boy

      Yep, Clint Eastwood directing.

  • Jeffrey

    Kill the robbers families!

  • Michael Harvey

    damn shame , waste of ammo ,one lived

  • george

    good day for the good guys

  • gunslingerlibrarian

    It’s suspects “lying on the ground” not “laying.”

  • bill knight

    Practice, practice practice. never let the S.O.B. survive the shooting! If they’re still a threat keep pulling the trigger.

  • Carl Carlson

    I agree, being held at gun point is cause for a armed response. Good job by the husband, his concealed weapon wasn’t observed by the robbers was a big mistake. Glad the man and his wife are ok.

  • Nunyadambizness

    Good job by the husband, justice was served.

  • BJC

    I think they should be made national hero’s. Lets send these thug’s a message that we are no longer going to lay down for their criminal activities. The truly sad thing is people like Obama, Holder, Clinton, Feinstein, Coumo and several others want to take our gun’s away and let criminals do as they please. Absolutely sickening.

  • Larry

    Oops, picked the wrong guy. Very patient, waiting for the right time. Way to go.

  • disqus_Ls5WhGgxkf

    2 good reasons why i carry simply because i am getting to old to fight one on one i am still good but thats not how these turds work any more and if i am out with my grandkids i don,t want worry about a couple of idiots grabbing one them so when it comes to us or them it is them every time.

  • John

    I wish Texas Justice applied to all the states. Someday soon, hopefully. Good Job!!!

  • ArmedPatriot

    Clearly a case of self defense.

  • jay

    how is a safe open at night? must be the teller safe or atm, all these a holes who are rich are rich because they did not pay there employees better, instead they think they are better, bankers are piece of s , but these guys shouldnt have kidnapped. that is wrong.

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