Suspect Robs Family at Miami Burger King, Then Man Shoots Him: Police

The family's father, fearing for his life, shot the suspect in the leg, according to police

By Steve Litz
|  Friday, Apr 5, 2013  |  Updated 9:23 PM EDT
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A father who was robbed while eating with his family at a Burger King took out his own gun and shot the suspect, Miami Police said. NBC 6's Steve Litz reports.

A father who was robbed while eating with his family at a Burger King took out his own gun and shot the suspect, Miami Police said. NBC 6's Steve Litz reports.

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A father who was robbed while eating with his family took out his own gun and shot the suspect, Miami Police said.

It happened at about 1 p.m. Friday at the Burger King restaurant at Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 17th Street, police said.

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The robber walked in, flashed his gun to the family, demanded their valuables, then headed for the door, according to police.

The father, fearing for his life, took out his gun and shot the suspect in the leg as he stood outside the restaurant, police said.

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The suspect, 36-year-old Travis Harris, jumped into a getaway Ford F-150 and took off, police said.

Police said they found him and the driver, 38-year-old Ramon Smalls, a few blocks away thanks to a Good Samaritan who followed them and alerted police. The two suspects were taken into custody at a gas station at Northeast 2nd Avenue and 26th Street after they apparently ran out of fuel, police added.

The Burger King incident followed an earlier incident in which the duo teamed up to rob a young woman of her iPhone 4S at 2200 NE 4th Ave. at about 10:15 a.m., with Smalls driving the truck as they fled, police said. Her phone was later found inside the truck, police added.

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Harris was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma to be treated for his gunshot wound, and faces three counts of armed robbery with a firearm, police said.

Smalls faces one count of strongarm robbery for the morning incident, and possible pending charges for the afternoon incident, police said.

It was not immediately known whether Harris or Smalls have attorneys.

The father who fired his gun is not being charged, police said.

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