One man is dead after police say an Arlington police officer saw him shooting into a crowd outside a busy bar early Thursday morning.
Arlington police say at about 1 a.m. an officer on routine patrol drove into a large shopping center parking lot along the 2400 block of Arkansas Lane and was flagged down by a security guard asking for help with a disturbance outside Star Saigon Bar and Grill.
When the officer got out of his patrol car he saw a man firing into a group of people in the parking lot and that's when the officer shot the man, killing him according to police.
"It was quite surreal actually, just like pop, pop, pop, and it wasn't quite what I would have expected it to sound like," said security guard Howard Humphreys. "Everything happened so quick and so fast but in maybe three or four seconds it was all over and everybody was gone."
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner identified the man as 31-year-old Alex Nguyen.
Police say the officer was not injured but is on routine administrative leave.
Police say it doesn't appear any other people were hit by gunfire but police are checking local hospitals to be sure.