A shooting spree was prevented at an Arlington, Texas, sports bar when a man carrying a concealed firearm shot a gunman witnesses say was acting "incoherently."
According to the Arlington Voice, the manager of the Zona Caliente Sports Bar and Grill, 37-year-old Cesar Perez, was shot dead by James Jones, 48, of Grand Prairie. Witnesses say Jones was acting very oddly when he confronted Perez.
“When the suspect came in, he walked up to the bar and started yelling,” said police spokesperson Lt. Christopher Cook. “Customers said he was yelling incoherent and strange things.”
With no warning, Jones drew his gun and fatally shot Perez. Police cannot establish any connection Jones may have had with the restaurant manager.
It was then that an unidentified man police are calling the "Good Samaritan" told his wife to get down, and drew his own concealed firearm. The "Good Samaritan" then opened fire on Jones, and hit him.
“After he was struck once, the suspect started shooting at the front door,” Cook said. “We know people were trying to escape, but we’re not sure if he was just trying to harm others.”
The "Good Samaritan" hit Jones several more times before Jones would go down and die from his wounds.
Police later discovered that Jones had an additional firearm, and two knives on his person.
"Had the Good Samaritan not intervened, there could have further loss of life,” Cook said.
The unidentified "Good Samaritan" is being hailed as a hero by Arlington police, and will face no charges as he broke no laws being both a concealed carry license holder, and firing his weapon in a "blue sign" business. These "blue signs" allow certain establishments that serve alcohol to allow patrons to carry firearms with them on the premises.