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Gold necklace thief shot and killed outside Aldi grocery store in Northwest Dallas

Gold necklace thief shot and killed outside Aldi in Northwest Dallas

Aldi grocery store exterior
A robbery and shooting took place outside an Aldi in North Dallas. Tameside Citizen

A robber who tried to make off with a woman's gold necklace ended up losing his life for the theft. It all occurred in a parking lot outside a Northwest Dallas grocery store.

On October 28 at about 7:20 pm, patrol officers responded to a shooting at the Aldi at 3128 Forest Ln. near Webb Chapel. A husband and wife were walking out of the store when a Latin male suddenly approached the woman and grabbed the gold necklace off her neck.

The robber then knocked the woman to the ground in an attempt to rob her. Ronnie Lummus, the woman's husband, was carrying a concealed handgun and fired multiple shots at the thief, striking him as he ran for his vehicle nearby. He got into the car and attempted to flee before succumbing to his injuries. His car then collided with a car parked nearby.

Lummus, 71, possesses a valid concealed handgun license, and he was in fear for his life and that of his wife.

Homicide detectives who responded to the call interviewed Lummus, his wife and other witnesses, who all corroborated that the shooting was in self-defense. Lummus was released on his own recognizance.

The Latin male, who was 36 years old, has tentatively been identified, but his name will not be released until next of kin has been notified.