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An armed robber who took a drugstore guard hostage Monday was shot and killed when he confronted a retired Texas Department of Public Safety trooper, now a security official for the north Harris County business, authorities said.

The masked robber jumped the unarmed security guard about 2:15 p.m. inside the QVL Pharmacy at 850 FM 1960 near the North Freeway.

“At gunpoint, he forced (the guard) to open the security door going to the back of the pharmacy,” said Sgt. Ben Beall with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department’s homicide squad.

Source: Mike Glenn and Erin Mulvaney for Chron.com.

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