Patron fatally shoots gunman who killed sports bar employee
Customer had license to carry concealed weapon, police say
A scene of both tragedy and heroism unfolded in Texas on Wednesday when cops say a man walked into a sports bar and fatally shot an employee.
However, before the suspect could get away, a patron of Arlington's Zona Caliente Sports Bar reportedly drew his own weapon and opened fire on the gunman, killing him.
Cops did not clarify whether a third person who was also injured was a customer or employee of the bar. The person was reportedly injured by shattered glass.
What cops have said, however, is that the quickdraw customer may have saved lives.
"[He] prevented further loss of life," a spokesman for the Arlington PD told Dallas News.
Police on Thursday reportedly identified the suspect as 48-year-old James Jones of Grand Prairie.
The customer, who cops say had a license to carry a concealed weapon, had been dining with his wife when he saw the initial shooting.
In a statement, Arlington PD said: "This customer was armed with a handgun and engaged the shooter by firing his weapon towards the suspect, striking him. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. It is too early to determine a motive or whether the suspect knew the employee."
Witnesses reportedly said the suspect was engaged in a verbal dispute with the employee prior to the shooting.
Police say the investigation is ongoing, but on Thursday morning, the slain employee was identified as Cesar Perez.
In a post to his Facebook, one of a slew of comments memorializing the 37-year-old, a woman identifying herself as Perez's sister wrote:
"Unfortunately my brother did pass away today, I still don't believe it myself. I received comments from coworkers saying he did a brave thing. As of now, detectives are still working at the scene trying to puzzle everything together.
"I will post funeral details when I get the chance. It's a blessing to see all these comments and posts about Cesar. Please keep my family in prayers as we're going through this difficult trial."
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