Dallas police say a man who was fatally shot and dumped at a northwest Dallas gas station had just committed a robbery.
Saeid Ardestani, 56, was found wounded about 6:15 p.m. at the Valero station at Webb Chapel Extension and Larga Drive. Surveillance video shows a man and woman leaving him there and speeding off after calling 911.
Ardestani was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
About the same time, police received another 911 call reporting a robbery at the nearby Spanish Pueblo Apartments in the 9700 block of Dale Crest Drive.
The caller said two men knocked on his door asking for spare change. One of the men then forced his way into the apartment and demanded money, holding his hand in his pocket as though he was armed and threatening to shoot the man.
The victim, identified as 74-year-old Thomas Lopez, actually was armed, and he drew a pistol from his waistband and shot the would-be robber. Both robbers then fled.
Lopez later identified Ardestani in a photo lineup as the intruder. He was questioned and released, and the case will be referred to a grand jury, police said.
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