GALVESTON, TEXAS — A 17-year-old thought it’d be a good idea to set up an online meet so that he could sell an iPhone to a prospective buyer. The box was empty, the teen attempted to rob the buyer, and the buyer was armed.
The man agreed to meet the seller about 5 a.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of Lilley, a rural area northwest of Santa Fe, because one of the men said he had to go to work early, GCSO said.
The 38-year-old man arrived at the spot and met with 17-year old Joshua Wooten.
The man said Wooten handed him an empty iPhone box and told detectives Wooten then tried to rob him.via khou.com
That’s when police say the armed citizen fired three shots at Wooten. He was flown to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police say that the incident seems to be a case of self-defense, but it will go in front of a grand jury so that they can make a final determination.
The armed citizen has a license to carry a firearm in Texas.
Those online meetups can be tricky to navigate, and the best option is to meet at a local police station. You never know who is typing on the other side of the screen or what their intentions are, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.