A concealed carrier stopped what probably was supposed to be a mass killing. The thug who shot the manager of the Zona Caliente Sports Bar and Grill and killed 37-year-old Cesar Perez in Arlington, was James Jones, 48, of Grand Prairie,Texas. After he shot Perez, a client in the restaurant told his wife to get down and he drew his own gun and shot the thug. The thug then began firing at the door as he lay on the ground, but the unnamed hero fired a couple more shots and saved the public mucho bucks in incarceration and trial fees.
“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.