Deputies in Coweta County in Georgia claim that an armed off-duty employee may have prevented a mass shooting at a crowded bar in Newman, Georgia this past weekend.
Fox 5 News had exclusive surveillance footage of this incident outside Fat Boys Grill on Highway 16. According to the deputies, the video depicts the assailant Kevintez Mathewis walking up to the bar with a handgun when Ben McCoy confronts him and is then shot multiple times. He was able to draw the gunman’s attention and was then fired upon.
The deputies also stated that the security footage shows Mathewis being previously thrown out from the bar and being confronted on numerous occasions about his unruly behavior that Saturday morning. According to law enforcement sources, McCoy was worried by Mathewis’ warnings that he was going to return and open fire at the bar.
Another camera angle shows Mathewis chasing McCoy and continuing to open fire with his handgun even after wounding McCoy. The deputies reported that Mathewis grabbed McCoy’s rifle and ran off.
Mathewis was tracked down by police and later arrested. He was charged with aggravated assault. McCoy was shot four to six times and as a result, had to undergo surgery at the Atlanta Medical Center.
The deputies credit McCoy for potential stopping a mass shooting inside the bar.
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