Family Dollar clerk Antonio Batres is charged with murder after emptying entire clip into the back of a man who allegedly shoplifted motor oil on Easter Sunday
Video shot by a store customer shows store employee Batres, 21, firing six shots into the back of Troy Odom outside the Houston area store
Odom, 49, was pronounced dead at an area hospital shortly after the April 17 shooting
Just before Batres emptied the clip of his pistol, he and another employee can be seen confronting Odom with dropped bottles of motor oil littering the ground
The camera picks up the alleged shoplifter walking out of the store when Batres follows, aims, take a wide stance and start firing
Odom collapses out of view, and can be heard shrieking as six shots ring out
Recently employed store staff, Antonio Batres, 21, has been charged with murder after he emptied the clip of his Glock 9mm pistol into 49-year-old Troy Odom around 4.30 pm on Easter Sunday, April 17 as shoppers looked on.
A video clip shows the moment the Houston Family Dollar employee killed a shoplifter, firing six shots into his back as he fled the store with motor oil.
In video taken by a shopper, two store employees are seen confronting Odom – one of the men can be heard shouting unintelligibly, with bottles of motor oil strewn on the ground.
‘He had that all in his pants,’ says the woman filming the video.
‘He had a lot of fuel.’
‘He need to chill out,’ the woman says as the shoplifter leaves the store, the two employees following him. It is unclear if he had motor oil or any other merchandise with him.
Batres can be seen aiming, taking a wide stance and firing. Odom collapses out of view, and can be heard shrieking as six shots ring out.
Houston police who arrested Batres at the scene stated in a press release that ‘Further investigation determined the victim had his back toward Batres, who then pulled out a pistol and shot the victim several times,’ the HPD release said.
Odom was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The All People’s Funeral Home in Houston confirmed that his funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday.
His brother, Darrell Odom, acknowledged that his brother ‘had his struggles in life, but was a good man.’
‘I am so p***** right now,’ he said on Tuesday.
‘I can’t stop crying. I couldn’t go to the funeral.’
‘I failed him because I promised my mom I would watch over him… I only hope she forgives me. I hope [Batres] gets the death penalty.’
‘I am also looking to sue Family Dollar because my [little] brother didn’t have to die that way.’
Batres who had worked at the 7545 Martin Luther King Boulevard store in South Houston part-time for two or three months, was taken into custody at the scene, according to the Houston Police Department. His bail was set at $75,000 and he remained in jail as of Tuesday morning, the Houston Chronicle, reports.
So far, police have not revealed if Batres was licensed to carry the weapon.
Less than a month earlier, on March 30, another shooting took place at a different Family Dollar location on Collingsworth Street in Houston – this time, a store clerk was shot in an armed robbery.
That victim, who was not named by police, survived the shooting with non-life threatening injuries. Two other employees and customers were inside the store at the time.