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?
- On Feb. 1, a 70-year-old girls basketball coach at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit was walking two of his students to their cars when they were approached by two males—one a student at the school, another recently expelled. When the pair tried to rob the coach and pulled a gun, the coach—a Michigan concealed pistol license holder and reserve police officer—pulled his concealed handgun and opened fire on the would-be robbers, killing one and wounding the other.
That same day, an elderly gentleman on Grand River Avenue in Detroit was held up by another robber who had picked a bad target; the older gentleman, also a CPL holder, drew his pistol and shot the criminal. Both incidents are a perfect example of the reason behind and effectiveness of concealed carry.