A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing a good Samaritan who was paying for other customers’ meals at a Waffle House in Florida.
According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, the good Samaritan, 41-year-old Craig Brewer, got into an argument with Ezekiel Hicks while inside the restaurant in Gainesville on Sunday.
Police say Hicks left the restaurant to grab a handgun, then returned and approached the victim before a physical fight started.
That’s when Hicks took the handgun from his pants and shot Brewer in the head, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies tell The Gainesville Sun that the altercation started when Brewer had been paying for other customers’ food and handing out money. ABC News reports a female friend of Hicks was upset because she did not receive anything.
The incident was captured on surveillance video and has been submitted as evidence in the case, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies were already on their way to the Waffle House where the incident occurred, following requests to break up a large crowd in the restaurant, sheriffs said.
“This incident went from a verbal altercation to a homicide in minutes, if not seconds,” Lt. Brett Rhodenizer of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office told ABC News.
Hicks has been charged with first degree murder, according to online jail records.
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