UFC fighter arrests gunman with chokehold at Houston restaurant
UFC fighter Kevin Holland arrested a suspected shooter at a Houston sushi restaurant by putting him in a chokehold Monday night.
Holland, 29, told local Houston station KPRC he was dining at RA Sushi when he heard a gunshot fired into the restaurant’s ceiling.
“I thought maybe it was the people behind me popping a bottle of champagne because they were having a birthday party,” Holland said. “[I] I quickly realized it wasn’t champagne when I turned around, seeing people running and glasses breaking.”
Holland later said he saw the alleged shooter point the gun in his direction as he fought with another person at the restaurant. The UFC fighter described circling around the bar trying to hit the man with a chair, but decided to confront him directly when it became unclear which of the men was the shooter.
“I grab the gun with the guy, we aim it down, then I’m like, ‘We’re upstairs – this shouldn’t be face down,'” Holland told KPRC. “So we point it up in the air. So as it’s in the air, it pulls it again, I hit the wrist, the [other] dude pulls out his gun, i pull him back, i sit him on my lap, i put the choke on the back of his neck, and yeah, he got choked and my uncle was there to watch out for the eyes of the guy.”
Holland, whose record is 22-7-0, won his last fight on March 5 by knockout.
A Houston police spokesperson told CNN they were unable to identify Holland because it was against department policy to identify witnesses, but confirmed that the suspected shooter was unarmed and subdued by the time police arrived at the restaurant.
The suspect has been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and fatal driving, according to CNN. The alleged shooter is in jail on $30,000 bond.