Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots Gunman in San Antonio Theater Before He Can Kill

Deputy Hailed As Hero

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

~ Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President- National Rifle Association

By Gary P Jackson

Here’s something the national news isn’t covering. It doesn’t fit their anti-American agenda. Bexar County Deputy Sheriff, Sgt. Lisa Cuello Castellano, shot a would-be mass murderer on December 17, 2012, in a San Antonio, Texas movie theater. She has been awarded the Medal of valor for her bravery.

A gunman entered a San Antonio, Texas Movie Theater on December 17, 2012, but found out the hard way it was NOT a gun-free zone. Rather than it becoming a story about dozens of people shot or killed, it became an example of what an armed “good guy” can do when a bad guy comes walking in.

In this case, the “good guy” was an off-duty Sheriff’s deputy at the theater. Sgt. Lisa Cuello Castellano shot the gunman multiple times before he could shoot anyone in the theater. She has been awarded the “Medal of Valor” for her heroism. Another off-duty officer at the theater, Armondo Olguin, was also recognized for helping to apprehend the gunman.

H/T NewsNinja2012

More from WOAI:

SAN ANTONIO — A man was shot by an off-duty deputy after investigators say he opened fire at a South Side theater Sunday night, injuring one person.

Authorities said 19-year-old Jesus Manuel Garcia showed up at the China Garden restaurant on Southwest Military Drive around 9:30 p.m. Sunday and opened fire. Investigators say Garcia works at the restaurant and believe the shooting may have had something to do with the breakup with his girlfriend, who also works at the restaurant. The girlfriend was not at the restaurant at the time of the shooting.

The employees inside the restaurant fled out a side door into the parking lot. Investigators said Garcia began chasing the employees and continued firing at them as they ran through the parking lot and into the Mayan Palace Theatre next door.

As Garcia was running through the parking lot, he shot the windshield of a San Antonio Police patrol car after an officer in the car shined a spotlight on him. The officer was not injured.

Garcia then ran inside the movie theater, where he continued his search for the restaurant employees. Movie-goers in the lobby, bathroom, and some theaters reported hearing multiple gunshots. The gunshots caused people inside the theater to panic.

Everybody was just coming out of the side of the theater, running out the emergency exits. And everyone was screaming and running,” a woman who was at the theater told us.

Authorities said one person was shot by Garcia.

Garcia was finally stopped by an off-duty Bexar County Sheriff’s Department officer who was working security at the theater. Officials said the officer, Sgt. Lisa Castellano, heard the gunfire inside the theater and ran towards the sound of the shooting to find out what was going on. Sgt. Castellano spotted Garcia coming out of a bathroom with his gun drawn and fired at him, shooting him four times.

The officer involved, she took the appropriate action to try to keep everyone safe in the movie theater,” Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Detective Lou Antu said.

An off-duty San Antonio Independent School District officer who was also at the theater helped take Garcia into custody.

The man who was shot by Garcia was taken to a hospital and is said to be in stable condition.

Garcia has since undergone surgery and is in stable condition at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). He has been charged with attempted capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond has been set at $10 million.


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8 responses to “Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots Gunman in San Antonio Theater Before He Can Kill

  1. Just heard about this today and posted my thoughts on it shortly before I found your post. I’d just written a post titled Gun Control Is Not The Answer, which also appeared on the Time’s Up crime victims advocacy blog, and this illustrated a point I made in that– a well-placed bullet can stop just such a shooter. Sgt. Castellano is a hero.

    • Gary P Jackson

      Indeed! The answer to bad guys with guns is ALWAYS a good guy with a gun!

      Years ago a loon drove their car into a Luby’s restaurant in Killeen, Texas and opened fire. Killed far too many but a lady with a pistol in her purse ended him! Of course, disarming Americans is something the left has dreamed about for decades and has nothing to do with our “safety”.

      Please feel free to post a link to your blog. I’m sure our readers will love to read your thoughts!

      • Thanks! I didn’t want to be too self-promoting, but as a survivor of officer-involved domestic violence whose life was specifically and repeatedly threatened with firearms, I see no reason to ever give up mine.

        Here’s my recent post on gun control:

        This post appeared on my blog and at the Time’s Up crime victims advocacy blog, a consortium of writers from all viewpoints who stand united in their passion for crime victims advocacy. The Time’s Up post arguably has the better graphics:

      • Gary P Jackson

        By all means, we need to her from folks like you. Thank God for our God given right to keep and bear arms!

        Glad you were able to survive that sort of terror.

        Will be adding both blogs to our roll call!

      • Wow, thanks. I’m now following you too. Readers should know that the Time’s Up blog represents both liberal and conservative viewpoints– but I’m a part of it because people of ALL views should unite to end violence and crime. If we hide ourselves in our little factions, not much will get accomplished.

      • Gary P Jackson

        Amen! After dealing with liberals so much, I’m pretty damned partisan, but some things shouldn’t be about politics, crime and solutions among them.

        I hope all of our readers check out your excellent article and blog. Thanks again for sharing!

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