Body Cam Video: Good Guy with Gun Tells Police How He Stopped Texas Church Attacker

Stephen Willeford told authorities he fired "well-placed shots" at Devin Kelley.

It was a week ago that the nation watched news of the Texas church attack unfold and quickly learned that the attacker fled the scene after being shot by a good guy with a gun.

Breitbart News reported that the good guy was Stephen Willeford, a Sutherland Springs, Texas, resident who grabbed his AR-15, ran out of his house barefoot, and shot at killer Devin Kelley, causing him to flee.

Willeford told KHBS, “I was scared to death. I was. I was scared for me, and I was scared for every one of them, and I was scared for my own family that just lived less than a block away.” Yet Willeford put his fears behind him and went to the church, took cover behind a vehicle, and waited for Kelley to come outside. Once Kelley emerged, Willeford took a shot. “He saw me, and I saw him. I was standing behind a pickup truck for cover. I know I hit him. He got into his vehicle, and he fired another couple rounds through his side window. When the window dropped, I fired another round at him again.”

Willeford then climbed into a truck driven by Johnnie Langendorff and the two gave chase. The 12 to 15 minute chase ended with Kelley running off the road and dying.

Police officers arrived to secure the accident scene and interview Willeford. ABC News obtained a body cam video of the interview and it shows a trembling Willeford describe shooting Kelley with an AR-15.

The officer asks Willeford, “So, you think you shot him?”

Willeford responded by pointing to the place where Kelley’s vehicle left the roadway and crashed in a field, saying, “I can’t think of any other reason why he took that sign out and ended up in that ditch.”

He then assures the officer that he put “some well placed shots” on Kelley.

Senate Democrats responded to the Texas church shooting by seeking to ban the gun Willeford used to stop Kelley’s attack. The gun ban is being spearheaded by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and is supported by roughly two dozen other Senate Democrats.

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


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