(Orange, Texas)

May 23, 2013

Man killed in Texas had fake 'anthrax' containers

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — Police say an armed robbery suspect who was shot and killed in a South Texas neighborhood had containers falsely labeled "anthrax."

San Antonio police say no dangerous materials were found after the gunman was fatally shot early Thursday by a resident.

Police believe the suspect followed a couple home in an apparent robbery attempt. Sgt. Richard Fischer says the suspect began making demands. A neighbor heard the commotion, grabbed his shotgun, went outside and shot the suspect.

Police say the suspect's car was found nearby. The trunk had containers labeled "anthrax." Hazardous materials experts checked the items and found no dangerous substances.

Police say charges likely won't be filed against the neighbor who shot and killed the suspect. Further details on the investigation weren't immediately available.