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Man killed in Texas mall described as selfless


San Antonio police stand guard at an exit to the Rolling Oaks Mall after a deadly shooting Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in San Antonio. Authorities say several were injured after a robbery at the shopping mall. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

San Antonio police stand guard at an exit to the Rolling Oaks Mall after a deadly shooting Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in San Antonio. Authorities say several were injured after a robbery at the shopping mall. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Latest on the shooting at a shopping mall in San Antonio (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

The man who was fatally shot after confronting two suspects following a jewelry store robbery at a San Antonio mall is being described by a friend as someone who wouldn’t hesitate to protect his family or others who might be in danger.

Family friend Chris Cercone says 42-year-old Jonathan Murphy had been at the jewelry store with his wife to get their wedding rings cleaned Sunday when the robbery took place.

Police say Murphy tried to stop the robbers outside the jewelry store.

Cercone said Monday that he believes Murphy was looking out for the safety of his wife and others at the store when he confronted the robbers.

Murphy managed sales at a local car dealership and lived in Cibolo, northeast of San Antonio.

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2 p.m.

Authorities say two men who tried to stop two suspects after a robbery at a San Antonio mall likely felt they needed to intervene in what they believed was a dangerous situation where others might get hurt.

One of the men was killed.

San Antonio police spokesman Officer Doug Greene said Monday that authorities advise people to use their best judgment in such situations.

The robbery happened Sunday afternoon at a jewelry store inside Rolling Oaks Mall. Green said one man who was unarmed tried to intervene and was shot. He did not provide details on what the good Samaritan tried to do.

Greene said another man then shot one of the robbers. Greene says that man was within his rights to use his licensed concealed handgun.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man who was killed as 42-year-old Jonathan Murphy.

The suspects are in custody.

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1:50 a.m.

San Antonio police say two suspects are in custody after a robbery inside a shopping mall ended in a shooting that left one man dead and several injured.

In a statement early Monday, police say both suspects face preliminary charges of capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The robbery happened Sunday afternoon at a jewelry store inside Rolling Oaks Mall. Police Chief William McManus said Sunday that one of the suspects fatally shot a “good Samaritan” who tried to stop them as they fled the store.

Authorities say two other people were shot and two women suffered non-shooting injuries.

One suspect was shot by an individual who had a licensed concealed handgun. Police say that suspect is hospitalized in critical condition.

Officials say the second suspect was later arrested in nearby Converse.

Source: AP

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