Posts Tagged ‘Hero’

postheadericon Follow Up: Video of Hero Thomas Yoxall Describing How He Saved a Police Officer’s Life

You may remember a story last year in which a concealed carrier — one who had had his gun rights restored after a felony conviction — came to the aid of an Arizona trooper who was being attacked by an illegal alien. Thomas Yoxall no doubt saved trooper Ed Andersson’s life by the side of the road that day as the attacker, Leonard Penuelas-Escobar, had already shot him once and was beating him when Yoxall arrived on the scene.

Andersson, a 28-year department veteran who underwent multiple surgeries for his injuries and hasn’t yet returned to work, was asked during a police interview what would have been the outcome if the driver hadn’t stopped the attack.

“Probably a funeral. He wasn’t gonna stop,” Andersson told investigators, crediting the passer-by with saving his life.

Now video has been release of Yoxall relaying his story to investigators in the aftermath of the shooting.

Thomas Yoxall describes saving Arizona trooper Ed Andersson's life
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Yoxall’s emotional response while recounting the shooting to detectives is worth noting. Reading comments posted throughout the gunblogosphere, you’ll see plenty of keyboard commandos proclaim they’d have no problem using their concealed carry gun to shoot anyone who threatens them, their family or their property. And that they’d sleep like a baby in the aftermath.

As Yoxall’s reaction demonstrates, it’s not as easy to shoot another human being as many gun owners think. His defensive gun use was a clear a case of justified deadly force if ever there was  was one. Yet the effect of shooting and killing another person — no mater how clear cut the situation– is something every person who carries a firearm needs to consider when they strap theirs on every morning.

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postheadericon WATCH: Hero Who Engaged Texas Mass Shooter Sits Down With Louder With Crowder In Exclusive Interview

Stephen Willeford is a hero in every sense of the word and after watching the interview above, it’s apparent that Willeford is a well-rounded and very loved individual. He’s a family man, and an active member in his community. He is humble and puts others ahead of himself.

He is also a man of action, and did not hesitate to grab his firearm in order to do the right thing: Stop a massacre that was happening right next door.

Mr. Willeford offers details of the incident, including simple facts such as him leaving the house armed and barefoot. When asked why he was barefoot, his explanation was simple:

Every time I heard a shot I was thinking, that was assigned to someone else. That shot was assigned to… he was shooting at another person every time I heard a shot fired, and I didn’t have time to put shoes on.

As soon as Mr. Willeford got close to the gunman, he noticed that he was wearing a Kevlar vest. Having his wits with him, Mr. Willeford fired shots at the space between the front and back of the vest where the Velcro is located, which is the vulnerable spot on these vests. In other words, the sides are not protected by Kevlar.

And later, autopsy reports would show that Mr. Willeford hit the suspect twice; once in the leg and once in the torso.

In closing this article, Mr. Willeford got a little political towards the end of the interview when it comes to gun control and restricting what citizens are able to own. Mr. Willeford is a bright individual who gets it, even more so because he was personally faced with a madman.

If I had run out of the house with a pistol and faced a bulletproof vest and Kevlar helmet, it might have been futile. And I ran out with an AR-15, and that’s what he was shooting the place up with. And I hate to politicize that, but that’s reality.

Please give the video interview a watch. It’s worth every minute, and I am grateful that Mr. Willeford gave his account and was so open about his experience when faced with a mass shooter.

Mr. Willeford is a hero, and we praise him and his quick actions that day.

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