Good Samaritan shot dead after picking up tabs at Gainesville Waffle House – WESH 2 Orlando

Good Samaritan shot dead after picking up tabs at Gainesville Waffle House - WESH 2 Orlando

Waffle House good Samaritan shot to death paying for meals, handing out $20 bills

\nA good Samaritan was fatally shot over the weekend while handing out $20 bills and paying for meals at a Florida restaurant, according to police.\n

\nPolice arrested Ezekiel Hicks, 25, on murder charges early Sunday in the death of 41-year-old Craig Brewer, who was shot and killed at a Waffle House, in Gainesville, Florida, just a few miles west of the University of Florida.\n

\nOfficials with the Alachua County Sheriffs Office said the restaurants surveillance camera captured an altercation between the two on video. Witnesses said the victim was arguing with a female acquaintance of the suspect, who was reportedly upset because Brewers generosity didnt include her.

\nHicks intervened and got into a physical altercation with the victim, police said. At one point, Hicks left the Waffle House and retrieved a 9mm Glock pistol, which was later recovered at the scene, according to the sheriffs office.

\nThe altercation \”lasted only a few seconds\” and ended with Hicks firing multiple shots towards the victims head, killing him on the scene, the sheriffs office said.

\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t(Alachua County Sheriffs Office) Surveillance footage released by police shows Ezekiel Hicks returning to the Waffle House in Gainesville, Fla., April 7, 2019, and shooting Craig Brewer.\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\n\nLt. Brett Rhodenizer, an Alachua County Sheriffs Office spokesman, said officers received a call about the restaurant reaching its maximum capacity and were en route when the shooting occurred.

\n\”They feel like they were so close and just far enough away to where they couldnt change the outcome,\” Rhodenizer told ABC News on Monday. \”This incident went from a verbal altercation to a homicide in minutes, if not seconds.\”

\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t(Alachua County Sheriffs Office) Surveillance footage released by police shows Ezekiel Hicks returning to the Waffle House in Gainesville, Fla., April 7, 2019, and shooting Craig Brewer.\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\n\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t(Alachua County Sheriffs Office) Surveillance footage released by police shows Ezekiel Hicks returning to the Waffle House in Gainesville, Fla., April 7, 2019, and shooting Craig Brewer.\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\n\n\n\”The speed at which it happened and how quickly it went so bad — for both the victim and the suspect — is really kind of the thing that resonates the most with a lot of the folks that have been a part of the investigation,\” he added.\n

\nHicks was arrested in the parking lot, where he admitted to shooting Brewer, according to the sheriffs office. Investigators are now looking to see if the victim may have had a prior issue with the suspect or his acquaintance that led to the argument.

Video: Man shot to death at Florida Waffle House after handing out $20 bills, paying for meals

\n\”The why of this case will persists for days and weeks as we conduct follow-up interviews, but the how is incredibly straightforward,\” Rhodenizer said. \”Out of all the investigations that Ive seen, very seldom do you have an incident from start to finish on video that ends in a murder.

\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\t(Alachua County Sheriffs Office) Ezekiel Hicks, 25, was arrested on murder charges Sunday, April 7, in the death of 41-year-old Craig Brewer.\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\n\n\”It was literally in the single digits worth of minutes from the time we received the initial call from the Waffle House, saying, Hey, theres too many people here, wed like a hand clearing the restaurant, to deputies are on the scene, told about a shooting, and we have a suspect in custody and a firearm recovered.\”\n

\nHicks was being held without bail on charges of premeditated murder in the first degree and carrying an unlicensed firearm. His attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment from ABC News.

A good Samaritan picking up peoples tabs and giving out money at a Florida Waffle House was shot dead Sunday in a fight that seems to have been sparked by his generous gestures, officials said.

Craig Brewer, 41, was shot in the head and killed at about 3 a.m. during an “altercation” at a Gainesville Waffle House, according to a statement from the Alachua County Sheriffs Office.

Witnesses told deputies “that the victim was paying for meals and giving out money, and that devolved into a verbal and then physical altercation,” said Lt. Brett Rhodenizer with the sheriffs office.

The Gainesville Sun reported that Brewer was picking up customers tabs and handing out $20 bills, and a woman who was there with Hicks got angry because Brewer hadnt paid for her meal.

Hicks confronted Brewer and started arguing with him, and then left the restaurant to get a handgun, according to the Alachua County Sheriffs Office statement. Hicks went back inside, despite protests from a bystander, and started a fight with Brewer.

“As the fight continued, the suspect took the handgun from his pants and shot Brewer in the head,” the statement said.

Deputies had already been called to the Waffle House to disperse a “large unruly crowd,” but when they got there, they discovered a murder scene, Rhodenizer said. Hicks was arrested about two minutes after deputies arrived, he said, adding that a 9mm handgun was found at the scene.

Hicks is being held without bail on charges of first-degree premeditated murder and carrying an unlicensed firearm, according to Alachua County Jail records.

An employee at the Gainesville Waffle House directed NBC News to Waffle Houses corporate offices for comment.

“We are saddened by this tragic incident and right now, our first thoughts are with the victims family during this most difficult time,” Waffle House Inc. spokesman Pat Warner said in a statement.


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