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By Elisha Fieldstadt
A good Samaritan picking up the tags and giving money to a Florida home was shot dead Sunday in a fight that seems to have been triggered by his generous gestures, officials said.
Craig Brewer, 41, was shot in the head and was killed around 3 am during an "altercation" at Gainesville Waffle House, according to a statement from the Alabua County Sheriff's Office. .
The alleged gunman, Ezekiel Hicks, 25, was arrested at the scene.
Witnesses told MPs "the victim was paying for meals and giving money, which turned into verbal and then physical altercation," Lt. Brett Rhodenizer told the Sheriff's Office. .
The Gainesville Sun said Brewer was picking up customers' labels and distributing $ 20 bills. A woman who accompanied Hicks was angry because Brewer had not paid for his meal.
Hicks confronted Brewer and started arguing with him, then left the restaurant to get a handgun, according to the statement from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. Hicks went back inside despite protests from a passerby and began a physical brawl with Brewer.
"As the fight continued, the suspect withdrew the handgun from his trousers and hit Brewer in the head," the statement said.
The deputies had already been called to the House of Waffles to disperse a large crowd, but when they arrived there, they discovered a scene of murder. Hicks was arrested shortly after the arrival of deputies, according to the sheriff's department.
Hicks is currently being held without bail for first degree murder and for carrying unlicensed firearms, according to the records of the Alachua County Jail.
A Gainesville Waffle House employee directed NBC News to the Waffle House office for comment. Messages left to the company were not immediately returned.