A man shot and killed 8 people after leaving a bar. The bartender who served him 5 drinks was arrested

**Embargo: Dallas, Texas** Lindsey Glass, a bartender, has been arrested more than a year and half after she served a man drinks before he went on a shooting spree and killed eight people at a football watch party.

A bartender has been arrested more than a year and half after she served a man drinks before he went on a shooting spree and killed eight people at a football watch party.

The bartender, Lindsey Glass, 27, was arrested and charged last week with selling alcohol to an intoxicated person in violation of part of the Texas alcoholic beverage code that prohibits "Sale to Certain Persons." The charge is a misdemeanor, her attorney, Scott Palmer, told CNN Wednesday.

Glass was working at Local Public House in Plano, Texas, on September 10, 2017, when she served Spencer Hight five drinks before he left the bar and shot his estranged wife and seven other people, according to a police report.

Hight was served four times by Glass during two visits, according to the arrest affidavit. The first visit was near 2:30 in the afternoon and the second visit was about four hours later. He drank two well gins in the afternoon and two beers and a shot in the latter visit.

The affidavit states that Glass texted a coworker, Timothy Banks, from the bar about her concern over Hight's behavior and asked him to come talk to Hight, according to the police report.

In the texts, Glass tells Banks that Hight is "drunk and being weird" and "keeps saying he has to put someone in his place," the affidavit says. She also said in texts, "I think he was at another bar while he was gone."

Hight was seen on surveillance video from the bar walking into tables, spinning a knife with about a 6.5-inch blade and pulling a gun from his waistband, according to the affidavit.

When Banks arrived at the bar, Hight told him that he had to "take care of business" and "put someone in their place," the police report stated.

Both Glass and Banks tried to stop Hight from leaving the bar property and then left the bar to try to locate him, according to the affidavit.

After they found Hight at the house where the shootings later occurred, Glass called 911 and reported she had a friend in danger who was in possession of a gun and a knife, according to the warrant.

The police report says Banks drove Glass back to the bar, then headed to the house, which belonged to Hight's estranged wife. She and friends were inside watching the Dallas Cowboys game. Banks flagged down a uniformed Collin County Sheriff's Deputy and told him about Hight's concerning behavior, but they were unable to reach the scene before emergency crews began responding to the shooting, according to the police report.

A Plano police officer responded to the scene and shot and killed Hight during a shootout, Plano Police Chief Greg Rushin said in 2017.

Hight was found to have a blood alcohol content of .333 during an autopsy, more than four times the legal limit.

Palmer, Glass' attorney, said in a statement Tuesday that "Lindsey was the only person who tried to stop Hight."

Palmer says that during her interviews with detectives, they commended her for her actions and the lives that she saved.

The Plano Police Department issued a warrant for Glass on the same day a civil suit against her was dismissed, Palmer's statement said.

"When Lindsey went to work on September 10, 2017 there was no suggestion that her life would change forever -- certainly no suggestion that (Spencer) Hight would do something to forever change Lindsey's life. But as the events of that evening slowly unfolded into a gory and tragic climax, Lindsey stands as the only person who tried to stop Spencer Hight. To prosecute her for her acts that night is wrong," the attorney's statement said.

No court date has been set yet for the case, Palmer told CNN. Glass faces a $100 to $500 fine, a year in jail, or both, if she's convicted.

CNN's Nicole Williams contributed to this report

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Much easier to charge some ancillary minor offense than it is to even discuss gun control. Pansies.


Gun control has worked well for Chicago.


Stupid prosecutors wasting resources charging the wrong people with crimes. They never change. We need to fire and prosecute power tripping prosecutors. They have very few checks on their power.


The 5 drinks she served would not have raised Hight's BAC to .333. He had to have had more drinks after he was served. The so-called "chain of custody" was broken when he left her bar on two separate occasions. Why isn't the server at other bar(s) or stores where he obtained additional alcohol charged?


Good point. But he may not have been showing signs of intoxication at the other places. This whole case is based on evidence that the bartender KNEW he was intoxicated, by his behavior, and even sent a text to a friend saying she thought the guys was nuts. Intoxicated, and nuts. By law, you cannot serve alcohol to anyone who shows signs of either. And if this bartender was ServSafe Alcohol certified, she has had training that emphasizes the very same set of standards. The fact the guy went on to shoot 8 people is pointless. If she had not served him, he would have gone on and did his crime anyway. This isint about a power tripping prosecutor. Sadly, this girl serving alcohol to someone has superseded the crime that took place afterwards.


Hey look, an internet comment that changed my mind! What you are saying makes a lot of sense. One of the primary functions of criminal prosecutions is to cause others who may be committing the same crime to think about their actions and stop. You're right, this bartender clearly broke the law and the crime that was committed afterwards is irrelevant to her actions. Its actually a GREAT case to prosecute because of its publicity. No doubt it will cause thousands of bartenders to think twice about over-serving someone.


I wish your last statement was true. Many bar owners don't give a cra.p about certified bar tenders..and as long as the tips flow, many bar tenders don't give a cra.p if you are already drunk.

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