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'Good Samaritan' Kills Shooter in Texas Restaurant

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In this photo posted by the Arlington Police Department, police block off the parking area near Zona Caliente Sports Bar after a shooting on May 3, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (Arlington Police)

By    |   Friday, 05 May 2017 11:22 AM

A "good Samaritan" reportedly killed an active shooter who had attacked a manager of a Texas restaurant Wednesday night, according to police.

James Jones, 48, was shot and killed by the unidentified patron at Zona Caliente Sports Bar in Arlington after Jones reportedly shot and killed the manager, Cesar Perez, 37, authorities told WFAA-TV.

Arlington Police Lt. Christopher Cook told WFAA-TV that Jones entered the bar yelling and speaking incoherently when Perez approached him in an attempt to calm him down. That is when Jones allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Perez.

Arlington Police said that was when the armed patron, who was at the restaurant with his wife, shot Jones in the back. Authorities said the patron had a carry permit holder and will not be charged in the incident, NBC News reported.

"I don't think the shooter even knew where the rounds were coming from because he started shooting at the front door," Cook told NBC News. "We're thankful that the good 'Samaritan' acted quickly and decisively to end the threat. We never recommend people get involved. That's a personal decision that a citizen has to make."

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Jones also had two loaded guns and two knives.

"He had the capacity to harm many more people in the business if he wanted to," Cook said, according to the Star-Telegram.

Authorities told NBC News that they were reviewing video surveillance and interviewing witnesses at the scene to get a clearer picture of what happened and how many shots were fired. Police said that they also were looking into Jones' background to see if he suffered from any mental health issues and were awaiting test results to find out if he was under the influence.

According to the Zona Caliente Facebook page, the restaurant held a candlelight vigil for Perez on Thursday and will be closed until further notice, out of respect for Perez and his family.

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