How much for burritos? Man fires BB gun in protest

/ Source: news services

A Taco Bell customer enraged that the seven burritos he ordered had gone up in price fired a BB gun at an employee and later fired an assault rifle at officers before barricading himself in a motel room, police said.

As the restaurant's employees and customers hit the floor Sunday, the manager called police and, when officers arrived, the angry patron fired several shots at the police cars, San Antonio Police Sgt. Chris Benavides said.

The man then barricaded himself inside a nearby motel room, sparking a three-hour standoff that ended when police lobbed tear gas inside and the man surrendered.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Store manager Brian Tillerson told the San Antonio Express News that the man "pointed a gun at me, and he fired it. I leaned to the side and there was a pop but nothing happened.”

Police later found a BB, he added, and the following five minutes "were pretty crazy."

The man left and Tillerson saw him put an assault rifle and a handgun on the roof of his car. Fearing he'd return, customers and employees looked for cover as Tillerson locked the doors and called police.

The man then got in his car and left, Tillerson said.

Benavides said the Beefy Crunch burritos had been sold for 99 cents each as a promotion, but the man was apparently angry that the promotion had ended, and the price had gone up to $1.49.

The name of the suspect has not been released because he had not yet been formally charged early Monday.

Benavides said that the man will be charged with three counts of attempted capital murder, and that additional charges are possible.

The man never did get his burritos.