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Texas bar linked to a mass shooting gives liquor license

DALLAS – a Dallas-area bar that served a man before he fatally shot eight people in a nearby house will give up its liquor license in a settlement with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

The Local Public House in Plano, cancel the licence effective Wednesday as part of a settlement last week, the Dallas Morning News reported . Spencer Height had been drinking in the bar on Sept. 10, 2017, before he travelled to his estranged wife’s home and opened fire as they hosted a football watch party.

His estranged wife, Meredith Height, and seven other people were killed. Spencer Height was later killed by police responding to the shooting .

Under the settlement, the bar, the licensee does not admit to misconduct. Local Public House of the lawyer, Ryan Hughes, refused to comment.

A lawsuit filed by the parents of the three victims, accused the bar and a bartender of the negligence for serving Spencer heights, who was visibly drunk when he arrived at the bar for the second time that day, according to a report from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

The Collin County medical examiner’s office found that Height had a blood alcohol level of 0.33 during the shoot, which is about four times the state legal limit for driving.

Height also showed a large knife to the bartender who kept serving him alcoholic beverages, according to the report of the commission.

The defendants deny the allegations.

“This case demonstrates the crucial role that TABC-licensed businesses play in maintaining public safety,” said Bentley Nettles, the commission’s executive director. “Everyone, including customers, entrepreneurs, or employees, should contact their local police every time they suspect that a threat to the public. In some cases, shootings like this can be stopped before a life is lost.”

The police records show Height the behaviour of the employees is asked to call 911, but it was not fast enough. Search warrants indicate the two employees were concerned enough to follow Height as he drove to his estranged wife at home.

Friends said Height had grown despondent as his marriage was dissolved and had a lot to drink.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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