DeSoto police have identified the man who robbed a Waffle House last week with an AK-47, but was shot in the parking lot by a customer who was legally carrying a concealed hangun.

Antione Devon Cooper, 26, of Dallas, reportedly stormed into the restaurant around 2:30 a.m. on July 7 brandishing the assault weapon. He stole money from multiple customers and the Waffle House register, according to a police report.

But when he left with the loot, a customer followed him out to the parking lot.

That man, described in the report as a licensed handgun owner, told police he was worried that his wife, who was on the way to meet him, might encounter the gunman outside the Waffle House.

So he called out to the suspect, and when he turned and pointed the rifle at him, the customer said he shot the suspect several times with his pistol.

Detectives with DeSoto police released photos last week of the suspect’s tattoos on his arms and legs in hopes of identifying him, and on Wednesday they posted his name on the department’s Facebook page.

Cooper remains in the hospital on life support, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The customer was not arrested, but the case has been submitted to a grand jury.


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