A Domino’s Pizza delivery driver is lucky to be alive after being ambushed by two armed teens who tried to rob and then shoot him. The driver was packing a gun as well, and after returning fire, one of the would-be thieves (pictured above) is now dead.
The incident occurred in Mesquite, Texas, a suburb just east of Dallas. Two teens used a vacant home to lure the delivery driver, and set up an ambush for him. When the driver arrived, the teens tried to rob him, and then shot at him. The driver, who was armed, shot back, killing one of the would-be thieves. The second teen was arrested by police.
The Domino’s robbery shooting becomes even more complicated, because the driver did not have a concealed handgun license (CHL). However, he did have a CHL in Arizona. That may allow him to escape charges for carrying an unlicensed gun. Either way, his decision to carry a gun likely saved his life. A Domino’s robbery of their drivers is not uncommon.
Mesquite police said a Domino’s Pizza driver was delivering to a home in the 1400 block of Springwood Drive at about 11:20 p.m. when two men answered the door and tried to rob him.
Police said one of the teens was armed and fired at the delivery driver. The driver was also armed and fired back, killing the teen.
Responding officers found the wounded teen, identified by the medical examiner’s office as 16-year-old Wayne Delaney Osborne, of Mesquite, nearby. He was later pronounced dead.
The second suspect, also 16, was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. Attorney information was not immediately clear.
According to police, the home was vacant and a “For Lease” sign was removed from the front of the house. Police believe the teens used the empty residence to lure the driver to the home with plans to rob him.
Osborne was a sophomore at John Horn High School in Mesquite. Mesquite ISD released a statement Sunday afternoon: “The loss of a student’s life is always tragic and heartbreaking, regardless of the circumstances. Mesquite ISD’s thoughts and prayers are with this child’s family as well as the students and staff members of John Horn High School. We will diligently support them through this difficult time and continue to do all we can to take care of the students we are entrusted with each and every day.”
According to Mesquite police, the delivery driver did not have a license to carry the weapon in Texas, however he did have one out of Arizona. Through a reciprocal agreement, Texas honors Arizona CHL licenses. Police have not said if the driver will face any charges in the shooting.
Domino’s Pizza also released a statement about the driver on Sunday evening.
The driver involved is cooperating with police and is currently suspended during the investigation, per the policy of the franchisee that owns the store.Domino’s Pizza Spokesperson
The owner of the Domino’s on Galloway Avenue said it was a tragic situation for everyone involved, adding that the driver had been working for him for about nine months.
Driver’s typically carry less than $20 in change.
Here is video of news coverage of the incident, from KXAS in Dallas/Ft. Worth.
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