The officers were in the back parking lot of a Gulf Freeway Luby's about 11 p.m. last night discussing an operation when they were approached by the man, police say.
When the robber pulled out his gun and demanded money, HPD says the two cops, "fearing for their safety, discharged their duty weapons and exchanged gunfire with the suspect."
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It doesn't appear to have been a fair gunfight -- neither of the officers were hit. The robber, whose identity has not been released pending verification, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two officers are Sergeant L. Bronikowski, a 29-year vet, and Officer C. Cayton, a ten-year vet. The HPD Internal Affairs division, the Harris County DA's office and the homicide department will investigate the shooting.