Leon County deputies identify Houston man shot by Good Samaritan during attack

An armed customer stopped a brutal attack that happened Monday inside a restroom at Woody’s Smokehouse.
An armed customer stopped a brutal attack that happened Monday inside a restroom at Woody’s Smokehouse.
Published: Aug. 14, 2023 at 2:31 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2023 at 12:48 PM CDT
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CENTERVILLE, Texas (KBTX) - The Leon County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday identified the man who was shot after he reportedly began attacking customers in the men’s restroom of Woody’s Smokehouse in Leon County.

The suspect, Keven Craig Anderson, of Houston, is at Hermann Memorial Hospital after an armed patron shot him in the arm.

Sheriff Kevin Ellis says surveillance video shows Anderson “entering the business in a harassing manner” around noon on Monday and then proceeding to the men’s restroom.

“A subsequent investigation revealed that once inside the restroom, Anderson began assaulting an elderly male, knocking him unconscious onto the tile floor and continued assaulting him,” a release from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office said.

The full news release can be found at the bottom of this page

That’s when a customer, who has a license to carry, tried to intervene.

The sheriff says Anderson knocked that customer to the floor, who in turn shot at the suspect twice, hitting him once.

After he was hit, the suspect fled the business but was stopped and detained by law enforcement north of Centerville on Interstate 45. He was loaded into a medical helicopter and taken first to St. Joseph Health Hospital in Bryan and then transferred to Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston to be treated for his gunshot wound.

One of the victims who was attacked by Anderson was also taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers are continuing to investigate.

Sheriff Ellis says the two victims do not reside in Leon County.

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On Monday, the co-owner of Woody’s shared these statements with KBTX:

“Prayers for my team and customers that were involved would be greatly appreciated. We are thankful to law enforcement for the fast service and the capture of the attacker,” said Diana Wood. “I’m thankful for the blood of Jesus that I pray daily over our team, our customers, our community, and the team of praying employees that unit with me each day in agreement for protection.”

“As we are reflecting, we asked ourselves what could have been the outcome if those prayers and cover was not implemented. Praises to God for the covering of everyone. If I ever had something to preach it would be today and it would be now. Cover your family, your friends, your work, and your school with the blood of Jesus before you walk out of your house each day,” Wood said.