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A Houston police officer is being celebrated for stopping a mass shooting from happening at a Texas mall.
The incident took place in February, but Houston Police Sgt. Kendrick Simpo is now speaking about it.
Kendrick told the Houston Chronicle that a security officer spotted a man with a long gun at the Galleria.
Kendrick and the other security officer headed towards Macy’s, where Guido Herrera had been seen. The mall had just opened, but there was a dance competition being held that morning, and it was near Macy’s entrance.
“I did know there was a dance competition with little kids going on at the Westin Ballroom, so I didn’t pull my weapon out because I didn’t want to be running towards the Macy’s area, which is past the ballroom area, with the gun out and startle anyone,” Simpo told KTRK-TV.
Kendrick scanned the area and saw Herrera, armed with a rifle and a Bible in one hand. He was wearing a shirt with the Punisher logo and a mask with leather spikes.
“I knew if a person did have a rifle, and they were inside the mall, I was pretty much outnumbered because all I had was a handgun at the time,” he said. “My handgun and his rifle, I was already at a disadvantage.”
“I could possibly be shot, and it was going to hurt, but that’s when the fight or flight kicked in. I decided to fight,” Simpo told the Houston Chronicle.
The Houston Chronicle reported:
He apprehended him within seconds and disarmed him of the long gun — a Radical Firearms rifle with 5.56mm ammunition — and a Taurus semi-automatic handgun. Herrera had 120 more rounds of ammunition.
Simpo notes that Herrera’s intent at that moment was not exactly known but that his presence “didn’t sit right with me.” The gunman said something to him but he was focused on getting the rifle away from him rather than listening, the sergeant continued.
Herrera on Thursday was sentenced to six months in connection to the Galleria incident, a punishment that was stacked onto the one-year sentence for the unlawful carrying of a weapon charge. Herrera, an Argentine national, could be deported upon completion of that sentence.
This situation echoes the events that unfolded in Indiana recently.
The Raging Patriot previously reported on Elisjsha Dicken, who shot and killed a would-be mass shooter:
The 22-year-old that shot and killed a would-be mass shooter at the Indiana Greenwood Park Mall was armed because of “constitutional carry.”
The hero of that day has been identified as Elisjsha Dicken.
The shooting happened around 6 p.m. Sunday evening and four people were found dead, including the shooter.
Dicken was carrying under the new “Constitutional Carry” law and didn’t have a permit. Police say he told them he had no military background and that his grandfather taught him how to shoot.
“His actions were nothing short of heroic. He engaged the gunman from quite a distance with a handgun. Was very proficient in that, was tactically sound and as he moved to close in on the suspect, he was also motioning for people to exit behind him,” Ison said about Dicken’s actions.
“Many people would have died last night if not for a responsible armed citizen that took action very quickly within the first two minutes of this shooting.”