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Heroic gun owner shoots suspect, saves elderly man

Police at the scene of a shooting at Monterey Park, California, on Saturday night, Jan. 21, 2023. (Raul Roa/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
August 21, 2023

In an act of heroism at Woody’s Smokehouse in Centerville, Texas, a licensed gun owner stepped in to protect an elderly man from a violent assailant.

The drama at Woody’s Smokehouse unfolded just after noon on Aug. 14. According to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Kevin Craig Anderson, a Houston resident, entered Woody’s Smokehouse in what they described as a “harassing manner.”

“While inside, Kevin Anderson aggressively approached several customers inside the store and then proceeded to walk into the restroom,” the Leon County Sheriff’s Office stated.

Events took a darker turn when Anderson allegedly entered the smokehouse’s restroom where he began a brutal assault on an elderly male, “knocking him unconscious onto the tile floor and continued assaulting him,” the sheriff’s office detailed on its Facebook page.

In response, a courageous individual possessing a license to carry intervened in an attempt to stop the ongoing assault.

However, Anderson, seemingly undeterred, redirected his fury towards the armed good Samaritan, causing him to fall to the ground. In the midst of the ensuing altercation, the gun owner drew his weapon and discharged two shots, striking Anderson in the right arm.

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Injured but still a potential threat, Anderson fled the scene in his car. Law enforcement soon located Anderson on the shoulder of a nearby highway, and the suspect was swiftly transported by helicopter to a local medical facility for treatment.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office noted that one victim of the assault was also transported to a local hospital to receive medical care for his injuries.

Currently, the sheriff’s department and the Texas Rangers are investigating the case.

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.