Police say a man is dead after he and another man tried to rob a drive-in movie theater in Texas early Monday.
Two female managers at the Showboat Drive-in theater in Hockley were wrapping up their evening after a double-feature when they heard a noise downstairs, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said during a news conference.
Once downstairs, the women discovered a man in a utility closet and ordered him to come out, Gonzalez said. When he emerged, the managers saw he had a knife, but he quickly ran off.
Not long after, a second man emerged from either a closet or bathroom, Gonzalez said. He was wearing a partial mask and wielding a baseball bat.
Andrew Thomas, the theater’s owner, said he hit one of the managers “a couple times,” KPRC reported.
That’s when police say the manager grabbed her gun and fired a shot at the man, killing him.
Gonzalez said the masked man appeared to be a “younger adult male” possibly in his early 20s. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“They’re just trying to run a business out here,” Gonzalez said. “It’s pretty isolated out here, so they did what they needed to do to protect themselves.”
Police are still searching for the second man.