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Tue Apr 9, 2019, 12:56 PM

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

(ABC News) - A good Samaritan was fatally shot over the weekend while handing out $20 bills and paying for meals at a Florida restaurant, according to police.

Police 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.

Officials with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office said the restaurant's 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 Brewer's generosity didn't include her.

Out of all the investigations that I've seen, very seldom do you have an incident from start to finish on video that ends in a murder.

Hicks 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 sheriff's office.

The altercation "lasted only a few seconds" and ended with Hicks firing multiple shots towards the victim's head, killing him on the scene, the sheriff's office said.

Lt. Brett Rhodenizer, an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said officers received a call about the restaurant reaching its maximum capacity and were en route when the shooting occurred.

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

"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.

Hicks was arrested in the parking lot, where he admitted to shooting Brewer, according to the sheriff's 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.

"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 I've seen, very seldom do you have an incident from start to finish on video that ends in a murder.

"It was literally in the single digits worth of minutes from the time we received the initial call from the Waffle House, saying, 'Hey, there's too many people here, we'd 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."

Hicks 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.

https://www.wtnh.com/news/national/waffle-house-good-samaritan-shot-to-death-paying-for-meals-handing-out-20-bills/1910942527

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Reply Waffle House good Samaritan shot to death paying for meals, handing out $20 bills (Original post)
JanetS Apr 9 OP
Boadicea Apr 9 #1
JanetS Apr 9 #3
TexMexNext Apr 9 #5
Carlos_Danger Apr 9 #7
CornFed Apr 9 #9
TexMexNext Apr 10 #11
762Justice Apr 10 #10
Boadicea Apr 9 #6
joefriday6 Apr 9 #2
SatansSon666 Apr 9 #4
Thorson Apr 9 #8
oflguy Apr 10 #12

Response to JanetS (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 01:00 PM

1. So he killed a man over a 20.00 bill and a free meal?

That's so sad. It will also make people think twice about helping people. I never think about the safety thing..

anyway, I wonder if he still thinks the 20.00 was worth life in prison?

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Response to Boadicea (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 01:03 PM

3. We don't have any around us, but..

I don't think I'd ever go into a Waffle House. Why take the risk?

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Response to JanetS (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 01:38 PM

5. Youre not missing out on anything

I've been to waffle house three times, and left underwhelmed each time. It's the breakfast equivalent of White castle burgers. Really cheap fast food, nothing special at all.

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Response to TexMexNext (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 05:14 PM

7. Best hash browns in the universe. Period.

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Response to TexMexNext (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 09:32 PM

9. Blasphemy! No self-respecting southerner should dis Waffle House



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Response to CornFed (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 10, 2019, 12:28 PM

11. I'm a Texan.

Only the lesser subset of east-Texans consider themselves to be "southern". They're big fans of sweet-tea, grits, Waffle House and God forsaken tomato sauce soaked BBQ.

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Response to TexMexNext (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 10, 2019, 10:13 AM

10. You're actually from Massachusetts. I am now sure of it.



I will continue my rampage of:
Chopped steak, triple over medium, grits instead.

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Response to JanetS (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 02:14 PM

6. I love Waffle House. It's cheap and you can get breakfast 24/7

I ran a 5k last week, and it was my reward. I also have fond memories of when I was a wild child and we would go after the club closed and eat breakfast. Weirdos hang out there, sure, but they aren;t any less safe than any other place that is open 24/7.

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Response to JanetS (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 01:02 PM

2. Exactly.

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Response to JanetS (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 01:05 PM

4. Just shoot him in the face.

Save all the time and money on this waste of space.

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Response to JanetS (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 05:15 PM

8. Iv'e encountered people who go off if they think someone said something or looked at them wrong.

I wonder if psychiatrists have a name for that.
ETA I looked it up, it's paranoia, but I'm wondering why they react so violently.

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Response to JanetS (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2019, 09:23 PM

12. No good deed ever goes unpunished

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