Hero Disarms Gunman but Doesn’t Drop Gun Quickly Enough

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Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

When a hero disarms a man threatening to kill hostages in a church he ends up getting shot by the police.

When a hero disarms a wannabe shooter, he’d better remember that the police will eventually show up and they will be nervous if they find him holding a gun. In the case of Tony Garces, his bravery may be the only reason we did not have two mass shootings on February 14th. But the police showed up thinking they were dealing with a gunman. Garces, on the other hand, did not think it was safe to simply drop a loaded handgun on the floor.

The good news is that Garces survived, despite being shot twice.

Fox News reports, “Man disarms would-be church shooter, gets shot by police.

Police said the initial call just before 9 a.m. referenced an armed suspect holding approximately 100 people hostage in the chapel.

Just before police arrived, Tony Garces, a student at the city mission, snatched the handgun away from the would-be killer after others wrestled him to the ground.

“I took the gun away from a man who attempted to take others in the church hostage,” Garces told Fox News. “He already fired off one shot and I wasn’t going to let him fire again.”

But when Amarillo police officers arrived through two locations, Garces’ heroic move put him in unexpected danger.

“I thought it was over, but they – the cops – shot me,” Garces told the local news. “The good guys shot me.”

When officers told Garces to throw the gun down, he hesitated for fear that the gun would discharge and harm someone. Instead, he tried to put the gun on the floor – that’s when he said he was shot twice.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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