SALINAS (CBS/AP) — Police do not plan to seek charges against a man who spotted two 17-year-olds holding up a deli in Salinas, retrieved a handgun from his car and shot them both.
One of the teens, Jose Antonio Ceja, later died. The other was in critical condition though his condition has since improved.
Police say the incident occurred Thursday evening. The 36-year-old man, who has not been identified, was outside the Saltillo Tortilleria and Mexican Deli when he spotted the holdup and shot the robbers.
The Good Samaritan was outside the business but was associated with one of the victims who was inside the deli, according to police.
Police said the shooting was justified because the man was trying to defend people in a life-threatening situation.
The surviving teen was expected to be booked on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
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