Here is the Exact Moment The Texas Church Hero Saved at Least One Life With His Gun

After rampaging through First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a lone gunman prepared to shoot and kill yet another innocent victim – until local hero Stephen Willeford stepped in to stop the carnage.

It’s impossible to say how many lives Willeford saved that day, but one thing is certain according to reports, he saved the life of Farida Brown, the shooter’s next target.

As she held the hand of the person lying next to her who had been shot four times, Brown realized the killer was looking at her next.


“She thought that it was her turn,” David Brown, her son, told The Washington Post. “She just started praying.”

Prayers were answered in the form of a neighbor and former NRA instructor, Stephen Willeford, who had grabbed his own rifle and ran out of the house barefoot upon hearing of the shooting.

“Willeford hit Kelley at least once, authorities said,” according to the Post report. “Kelley then dropped his rifle, jumped in his Ford Expedition SUV and fled.”


Brown had survived. Willeford had struck him in the leg and torso with his own shots, providing just enough of a distraction for Brown to live, and enough of a threat to force the shooter to flee the scene.


“He saw me, and I saw him,” Willeford explained. He regretted deeply that he was unable to get to the church sooner, but it should not diminish the number of lives he saved – a good guy with a gun – including the life of Farida Brown.

Eventually the killer crashed his SUV and succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

If it wasn’t for Willeford, even that last bullet could have taken the life of another innocent person.

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
    Well done that armed citizen!

    The pertinent question though is, "What is the government doing about preventing criminals from obatining guns?" Sweet FA, so far as I can see.

  • A good guy with a gun saved one life for sure and possibly others.
    A bad guy with a gun killed 26 people.

    26:1 What are you doing to keep guns out of the hands of the bad guys?

  • According to Willieford's own words, when he engaged the killer near the Church using a pick up truck as cover, the killer was using a hand gun, presumably because he ran out of ammo for the rifle and may have been going to the car to get more. He shot him three times in the gap between the body armour under his arm, not in the leg! When the guy jumped into the car (probably realizing that he was now over matched) and took off, he shot again TAKING OUT HIS REAR WINDOW and he dropped the hand gun. Willieford then approached Langendorff who let him in and they chased the guy until he started to drive erratically (presumably because of his wounds) and just drove off the road twice, and then came to a stop. It is still not clear whether he shot himself as well or just bled out from the wounds Willieford gave him. Willieford assumed a safe position behind the hood of Langendorff's truck until Police arrived about 6 minutes later. He also stated that he only had two rounds left in his rifle! THIS WAS IN WILLIEFORD'S OWN WORDS! It was also reported that Kelley had called his father on his cell phone and told him he was wounded and did not think he was going to make it (tisk tisk) THE PRESIDENT SHOULD GIVE BOTH OF THESE GUYS THE CIVILIAN MEDAL OF HONOR!!!

  • What a blessing that there was someone willing step in and putting his own life at risk to help save others. He is a wonderful man that didn't step back and say he wasn't going to get involved. I remember in NY when a person was beaten or something and people just stood around and watched. We need more people like this that is willing to set up and confront evil when we see it! Thank you, sir!!!!!

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