Surveillance images show suspect accused in death of man who tried to help woman attacked in robbery
Houston---Sam Irick always had a weak spot for the underdog.
That's what moved him to choose a mixed stray from the shelter recently. It's what motivated him to stand up to bullies picking on others in school.
And that same concern prompted the 24-year-old to intervene Thursday morning when an armed purse snatcher attacked a woman outside a gas station in Houston's Meyerland area. Irick suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. The robber got away, but the woman wasn't harmed.
"There are instances in the past that he's done things like this and I've fussed at him," his mother Randi Wood said late Thursday. "He always tried to help people. It's just him. This makes so much sense."
The death shocked Irick's family, but the circumstances did not.
"That was his character," said stepfather, Lawrence Wood, speaking from the couple's Spring home. "He's always been that way."
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