Man Who Confronted and Shot Texas Church Gunman Speaks Out: ‘I’m No Hero’


Speaking out on the horrific tragedy that took the lives of 26 churchgoers in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Stephen Willeford described how he shot and helped chase down Devin Patrick Kelley, the man responsible for the devastating mass shooting.

In an interview with Texas station KHBS, explained that his daughter came into his home’s bedroom to tell him she heard shots at the First Baptist Church, leading him to grab his rifle and investigate.

“Every time I heard a shot I knew that that probably represented a life,” he said. “I was scared to death. I was scared for me. I was scared for every one of them, and I was scared for my own family that just lived less than a block away.”

He also wanted it to be known that he didn’t see himself as a hero.

“I’m no hero,” Willeford insisted. “I think my Lord protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done. And I wish I could’ve gotten there faster, but I didn’t know what was happening.”

Willeford, a former NRA instructor, also described exchanging fire with Kelley after the shooter exited the church.

“He saw me and I saw him, and I was standing behind the pickup truck for cover,” Willeford said. “And we exchanged — I’m like — it was surreal to me, it couldn’t be happening. I could not believe it.”

After hitting Kelley with several shots, Willeford stated that the gunman got into his vehicle and fled, It was at that time that Willeford came across Johnnie Langendorff in his pickup truck. Willeford pointed out that Langendorff picked him up and then chased after Kelley at a high rate of speed.

Watch the clips above, via CNN and KHBS.

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