An armed Texas man turned the tables on a violent assailant who beat an elderly patron unconscious at a BBQ restaurant, according to police.
Around noon on Aug. 14, a man entered Woody’s Smokehouse in Centerville, Texas. The man allegedly became aggressive and harassed several customers at the barbecue restaurant, which was caught on surveillance video.
The agitator – later identified by police as Kevin Craig Anderson from Houston – reportedly went to the restaurant’s restroom and attacked an elderly man. He beat the old man unconscious and continued to assault him while he was on the floor, according to police.
A man came to the elderly patron’s aid, but then Anderson then assaulted the good Samaritan. He too was knocked to the ground and Anderson allegedly continued to batter him. The man who was attacked had a license to carry. The apparent good guy with a gun acted in self-defense and shot Anderson two times, police said. The armed man shot Anderson in the right arm.
The wounded Anderson fled the BBQ restaurant. Police found Anderson in his vehicle on the shoulder of a highway.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement: “He was transported by helicopter to St. Joseph emergency room in Bryan and then later transported to Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston to be treated for his injuries.”
The elderly man was also rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office did not say that the shooter would be charged.
This case is being investigated by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Rangers.
Diana Wood, Woody’s Smokehouse co-owner, told KBTX, “Prayers for my team and customers that were involved would be greatly appreciated. We are thankful to law enforcement for the fast service and the capture of the attacker.”
“I’m thankful for the blood of Jesus that I pray daily over our team, our customers, our community, and the team of praying employees that unit with me each day in agreement for protection,” she continued.
“As we are reflecting, we asked ourselves what could have been the outcome if those prayers and cover was not implemented,” Wood said. “Praises to God for the covering of everyone. If I ever had something to preach it would be today and it would be now. Cover your family, your friends, your work, and your school with the blood of Jesus before you walk out of your house each day.”
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