Hero Who Shot and Stopped Texas Mass Shooter Was an NRA Instructor — And That’s Not All He Did

... it has been revealed the man that stopped the shooter with his very own rifle was an NRA instructor.

Hero Who Shot and Stopped Texas Mass Shooter Was an NRA Instructor — And That’s Not All He Did

We Say: The killer in Sutherland Springs, TX was stopped by an NRA instructor using his own AR-15 rifle.

Thank you, Stephen Willeford, for owning an assault rifle and for knowing how and when to use it.

Republished from IJR.com, by Caleb Hull, November 6, 2017. Image credit: image not covered by license. Contributor: Don Kirchoff.

On Sunday, 26-year-old Devin Kelley unloaded a rifle on a small, Texas church, killing 26 people. Images quickly emerged of the shooter’s Facebook profile, which displayed pictures of a rifle and even referred to it as a “bad b***h.”

Many quickly blamed the National Rifle Association, saying it had “blood on its hands” in the same way it did after the Las Vegas massacre.

But now, it has been revealed the man that stopped the shooter with his very own rifle was an NRA instructor.

Meet Stephen Willeford:

 Stephen Willeford/Facebook

Meet Stephen Willeford:

Willeford was a neighbor of the church and heard gunfire outside. He grabbed his AR-15 type rifle and went toward the shots in bare feet. With his shooting experience, Willeford was able to engage in gunfire with Kelley and place a bullet between the shooter’s small gap in body armor, which ultimately led him to flee the scene to his vehicle.

Willeford then jumped into a stranger’s truck and chased the shooter down. Kelley ultimately crashed his vehicle at high speed and then proceeded to reportedly shoot himself and commit suicide.

Willeford appeared on ABC in an interview to explain the experience and stated:

“I didn’t have any time, because I kept hearing the shots, one after another, at a time, very rapid shots, just pop, pop, pop. And I knew every one of those shots represented someone, that it was aimed at someone, that they just weren’t random shots, more than likely. I grabbed a handful of ammunition and started loading my magazine.

And I’m trying to survey the situation, not knowing what’s going on; and then I saw a man in a black tactical helmet with a dark-shaded helmet on, and obviously looked to me like it was a bulletproof vest. He had a pistol in his hand, and we exchanged gunfire.

And I was standing behind a pickup truck for cover, and we exchanged fire. He saw me, and I saw him, I’m like, it was surreal to me; it couldn’t be happening. I couldn’t believe it. 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.

We chased him down 539, and when we first started chasing him he was out of sight. And the man driving the truck, I found out later his name is Johnny; he was driving at a high rate of sped. We were trying to pass cars to catch up. We called 911 and we were talking to 911.

I was scared for me, and I was scared for every one of them; I was scared for my own family that lived just less than a block away.

I’m no hero; I am not. I think my God, my Lord, protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done. And I just wish I could have got there faster.”

Watch the interview below.

Republished from Independent Journal Review. CLICK HERE to read the original.


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One Response to "Hero Who Shot and Stopped Texas Mass Shooter Was an NRA Instructor — And That’s Not All He Did"

  1. Jim Lamberth  November 15, 2017 at 10:10 am

    My Letter to the Editor of The Wilson County news, Floresville, Texas
    Dear editor or oped, your choice
    Dealing with the gun issue is like trying to kill a tree by picking the leaves off of it. If you want to kill a tree you cut the tap root and the tree won’t bother you any more. He was the tap root. The guns were the leaves. Very few guns have ever hurt anyone without the help of a tap root. He should have been kept in a mental hospital like the State Hospital on South Presa Street here in San Antonio. But, oh they had to close that one because it was not right to incarsareat those poor people and treat them that way. It had its own dairy to produce milk. My brother worked there along with the “trusted patients”. Stephen Wilford’s grandfather worked in that dairy I think.
    They had their own laundry. My mother worked there along with the patients and many people from Floresville. My first wife, Beth worked in the “locked wards” caring for patients who were too dangerous to be let out. One lady she cared for required two people to enter her area at the time she was so dangerous.
    That is where Kelly should have been.
    Why did the officials decide to close those type of STATE run hospitals down and turn those patients out to live under the bridges and kill each other and others???
    Who knows!! Was it the bleeding hearts that said those patients should not be closed up like that? This happened years ago. Most of the people that worked there are dead and gone as are the ones I mentioned.
    Remember, the tap roots not the leaves. I have been using this analogy for years now. Has anyone been listening?? It is not that I am so smart, it is called logical thinking which like many other things is not used much anymore.
    Jim Lamberth (210) 865-1678
    12420 Stuart Road SAN Antonio, Texas 78263

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