Armed, Off-Duty Cop Prevents San Antonio Movie Theater Shooting

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An armed off-duty police officer working security at a San Antonio movie theater Sunday disarmed a gunman who open fire inside the building, according to reports.

This shooting comes just days after a deadly rampage at a school in Connecticut and sparks memories of the the mass slaying at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

The alleged gunman, identified as 19-year-old Jesus Manuel Garcia, worked at China Garden, a restaurant right next to the Mayan Palace Theater.

Police say Garcia opened fire at China Garden because of relationship problems with his girlfriend who also worked there; she was not present at the time.

Garcia then continued to fire his weapon across the parking lot and into the theater. Garcia even opened fire on a San Antonio Police Department patrol car.

“Everybody was just coming out of the side of the theater, running out the emergency exits. And everyone was screaming and running,” explained a moviegoer.

Garcia was thankfully stopped before anyone died - by a Sheriff's deputy who was working an off-duty job at the theater. The deputy shot Garcia four times.

"The officer involved, she took the appropriate action to try to keep everyone safe in the movie theater," said Lou Antu, spokesman for the Bexar County Sherriff's Office.

Antu says the gunman never made it into the theater itself, thanks largely to the heroic work of the off duty deputy. "She did what she felt she had to do," Antu said.

"I feel that she saved a lot of lives by taking the action she had to take."

Garcia has since undergone surgery and is in stable condition at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). He faces a LONG time in prison.

He's being charged with aggravated assault for shooting at a police officer and shooting a bystander, who is currently listed in stable condition.

Opponents of gun control regulations point to this type of event - an armed citizen, albeit a law enforcement official, disarming a criminal - to bolster their case.

Do you agree? Or is it time for more gun control laws?

 

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Two days after the Newtown CT shooting, another maniac went on a shooting spree in a restaurant and adjacent theater... yet it doesn't seem to have made the news in most places. Jesus Manuel Garcia was stopped before he killed anyone (though he did wound someone), because there was an armed lady off-duty cop there, who shot him four times, and sent him to the ICU, before he managed to kill anyone. So the 4th estate wants to ban people like that lady cop from having guns in places like theaters, so that maniacs can succeed at killing lots of people in theaters like they do in schools, where liberals have already banned guns.

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There is a huge difference between a police officer disarming a shooter and arming our school teachers with guns. Most people who want stricter laws for gun control don't want to take away police officers' weapons. This makes no point toward the argument of arming more people.

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@ Openmind

Of course they don't want to take away Police Officers' weapons.. They just want to take away the rest of us who own weapons, or want to be able to defend ourselves when the police aren't around.. I'm on the fence about teachers being armed, but most people are afraid of the government taking away our abilities to defend ourselves.. especially when most of the high profile people wanting restricted gun control, often times have hired armed bodyguards...

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this is an example of the 2.3 million times citizens defended themselves with guns last year. Most of the time they didn't have to fire a shot. Just show the thief/rapist the gun and they run. You don't hear the major media reporting that either...

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Too bad teachers weren't armed in Ct. The good news In Texas, no innocent people were hurt, the bad news, the shooter lived.

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@ allsaints45

Actually, one innocent person was shot, but, thank God, not killed, and is expected to make a full recovery, in San Antonio.