Who Is Stephen Willeford? Texas Man Pursued Church Shooter With Own Gun

Who Is Stephen Willeford? Texas Man Pursued Church Shooter With Own Gun

A Texas man named Stephen Willeford was recognized by authorities as one of many heroes of Sunday’s mass capturing at a church in Sutherland Springs. Willeford, 55, apparently confronted gunman Devin Kelley together with his personal rifle and “engaged the suspect,” Texas Division of Public Security Regional Director Freeman Martin informed the Day by day Mail.
Willeford confronted the suspect as he was leaving the First Baptist Church, the place he had opened fireplace, killing 26 individuals. Willeford brought on Kelley to drop his rifle, a Ruger AR assault-type gun, Martin stated. It was then that one other resident, Johnnie Langendorff, pulled as much as the scene.
“I pulled as much as the intersection the place the capturing occurred,” Langendorff informed KSAT. “I noticed two males exchanging gunfire, the opposite being the citizen of the group.”
Willeford then apparently approached Langendorff as Kelley fled the scene.
“The neighbor with the rifle got here to my truck and opened my door and stated, ‘He simply shot up the church,’ and acquired in,” Langendorff informed “Good Morning America” Monday. “He stated, ‘Chase him,’ in order that’s what I did. I simply chased him.”
The pair pursued Kelley in Langendorff’s automobile down Route 539 at speeds of as much as 95 miles per hour till Kelley misplaced management of his personal automobile and crashed right into a ditch. Langendorff was on the cellphone with police through the chase.
“The opposite gents jumped out and has his rifle drawn on him,” Langendorff informed reporters. “He didn’t transfer after that. We led police to him … From the time we really stopped, it was about 5 to seven minutes. The police arrived after which they pushed us again and so they took care of the remainder. I didn’t see something after that.”
It was then that Kelley apparently took his personal life, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt stated.
“We consider that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Tackitt informed CBS Information Monday.