Texas Officials Credit Armed Citizen with Stopping Church Massacre

Stephen Willeford

During a November 6 press conference, officials credited an armed citizen with stopping the church massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

The citizen who stopped the Texas church attack is described as a man who grabbed his AR-15 before he grabbed his shoes.

Witness Johnnie Langendorff said the good guy with the gun–identified as Stephen Willeford–ran out of his house without any shoes, holding his rifle determined to end the attack on the church.

Langendorff told CNN, “He’s very much a hero. He acted quicker than he could think … He did absolutely the right thing, which was try and take [the attacker] down on the scene.” He said Willeford was “just taking a nap and heard the gunshots and reacted.” That he came out of his house “barefooted.”

The attacker, Devin Kelley, got in his vehicle and fled the scene after Willeford shot at him. Willeford then climbed into Langendorff’s truck and the two gave chase to the attacker.

Langendorff said the chase lasted 12 to 15 minutes and occurred at speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. Langendorff said Willeford looked at him at one point during the chase and said, “You may have to use your truck to get him off the road.”

Langendorff chased until Kelley spun out in a field. He said, “There was no hesitation. It was do everything necessary to make sure this guy is stopped.”

He told the San Antonio Express-News that Willeford got out of the truck after the chase and “drew his rifle on Kelley.” The attacker “didn’t move after that” and was later pronounced dead.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.


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