SAN ANTONIO -- Sgt. Lisa Cuello Castellano was met with a standing ovation on Wednesday night.
Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz presented the 13-year veteran with the Medal of Valor for taking down a gunman inside a south-side movie theater on Sunday night.
According to police and deputies at the scene, 19-year-old Jesus Garcia ran into the Santikos Mayan Palace 14 at SW Military and I-35 after firing several shots inside a nearby restaurant in in the parking lot.
Castellano, who was off duty, yelled for people inside the theater to get down on the ground. When Garcia came out of the restroom, Castellano ordered him to drop his weapon. When he refused, she shot him multiple times.
At the medal ceremony, Castellano spoke to KENS 5 about 'all of the panic, the chaos" inside the movie theater on Sunday night.
"I'm not going to lie; it was frightening," she said. "But, you know, the training kicks in. And thank you to the sheriff's office for all of the training that we're given."
Off-duty officer Armondo Olguin was also recognized. He had allegedly heard the gunshots, came out of a theater and helped Castellano apprehend the suspect.