Stephen Willeford lives across the street from the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX. He was napping at home when heard the gunshots. His daughter told him a man in black was shooting up the church. Stephen took the time to load his AR-15 style rifle, but didn’t bother to put on shoes he just ran towards the gunfire to confront the church shooter. Listen to his story. He’s humble, but nonetheless, a true American hero. His bravery, quick action and true marksmanship saved innocent lives
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The accounts below of Texas heroes doing what they can to catch the Texas church shooter are incredible. How this all came together is hard to believe. It’s what heroes do. The men took it upon themselves to bravely chase the church shooter. Who knows what would have happened if Mr. Willeford wasn’t armed. It’s being reported that the church shooter had several guns and explosives in his car.
Witness tells how Stephen Willeford shot back at the shooter and wounded him:
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) November 6, 2017
Stephen Willeford, 55, confronted gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, when he was leaving First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, wounding him, before he and Johnnie Langendorff, 27, chased him in a car after he fled.
During the 95mph car chase, Kelley lost control of his vehicle and ran off the road, before shooting himself in the head.
Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said Willeford, a keen biker, had ‘grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect’.
A local resident said that Willeford (pictured above), who attends a different church, was first alerted to the shooting when his daughter called him saying there was a man in body armor gunning down church goers during mass.
He grabbed his gun and headed down to confront the gunman.
Willeford, a local plumber with no military experience, is however an excellent shot according to the resident, and when he came face to face with Kelley, he shot in between his body armor, hitting him in his side.
At this point Langendorff, who has a tattoo of a Texas Longhorn on his neck and who was headed to his girlfriend’s house, came across the exchange of fire.
When Kelley dropped his Ruger assault rifle and fled in an SUV, Willeford came up to Langendorff and hopped in his truck.
‘The neighbor with the rifle came to my truck and he opened my door and said, “He shot up the church”, and got in, Langendorff told Good Morning America. ‘He said, “Chase him” so that’s what I did. I just chase him.
‘It semeed everybody had headed up to the church. I’m not sure if anybody really realized that he had left and gone that direction.’ He added that he did not ‘freak out’ about the situation, adding: ‘It was an act now, ask questions later kind of deal.’ Read more: Daily Mail
Langendorff and Willeford chased the shooter:
Johnnie Langendorff recounts details of heroic chase he gave of Sutherland Springs Texas Church Killer …. WOW 🇺🇸pic.twitter.com/nx9psGHePO
— USA NEWS (@USANEWS007) November 6, 2017
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – A woman says her boyfriend witnessed the end of the church shooting in Sutherland Springs and, with the help of a neighbor, gave chase to a person they suspected was the shooter.
Summer Caddel said her boyfriend, Johnnie Langendorff, called her moments after the shooting at First Baptist Church and told her that he saw a gunfight between the shooter and a neighbor, who was returning fire.
Langendorff then told Caddel the suspect — identified as Devin Patrick Kelley — then got into an SUV and drove away, and the two gave chase.
While on the phone with 911, Langendorff told his girlfriend the chase came to an end near a sharp curve near country roads 307 and 539.
Caddel understood that to mean the Kelley crashed. Moments later law enforcement officers arrived, she said.
She also said she has not spoken to her boyfriend in hours and that his phone was taken as evidence.
MANY LIVES WERE SAVED:
Per Texas Rangers, Armed citizen engaged shooter. (likely saved many lives). https://t.co/KKgrvJSMvG
— Eric Bolling🇺🇸 (@ericbolling) November 6, 2017
THESE MEN ARE TRUE HEROES!