A gun-toting West Virginia woman put an end to a man’s attempted mass shooting at a birthday party this week. That’s because she was carrying herself and she shot him dead.
The Associated Press reported that she “fatally shot a man who began firing an AR-15-style rifle into a crowd of people that had gathered for a party,” citing local authorities.
“Dennis Butler, 37, was killed Wednesday night after he pulled out the rifle and began shooting at dozens of people attending the birthday-graduation party outside an apartment complex in the city of Charleston,” the police statement said.
“The woman, who was attending the party, drew a pistol and fired, killing Butler, the statement said,” the AP reported. “No one at the party was injured.”
“Instead of running from the threat, she engaged with the threat and saved several lives last night,” Chief of Detectives Tony Hazelett said on Thursday.
Hazelett added that no charges would be filed against the woman.
The West Virginia woman’s story proves that guns don’t just take lives, they can also save them. It just depends on who is carrying the gun.
On Friday, Steven McCraw, the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, revealed that 19 police officers had responded to the Uvalde mass shooting crime scene, but waited over an hour for a border patrol tactical team to act.
“There was 19, like I said, there was 19 officers in there,” he said. “In fact, there was plenty of officers to do whatever needed to be done, with one exception is that the incident commander inside believed they needed more equipment and more officers to do a tactical breach at that point.”
“That’s why BORTAC was requested on the scene,” he continued. “As soon as they were there, they executed… a dynamic entry and went in. And of course, that was not until 12:57.”
“Hey, for the benefit of hindsight, where I’m sitting now, of course it was not the right decision, it was the wrong decision, period,” he added. “There’s no excuse for that. But again, I wasn’t there, but I’m just telling you from what we know, we believe there should have been an entry as soon as you can.”
“When there’s an active shooter, the rules changed,” he said. “It’s no longer a barricaded subject. If you don’t have time you don’t worry about outer perimeters. And by the way, Texas embraces active shooter training, active shooter certification, and that doctrine requires officers — we don’t care what agency you’re from, you don’t have to have a leader on the scene. Every officer lines up, stacks up, goes and finds where those rounds are being fired at and keeps shooting until the subject is dead, period.”
As Becker News reported earlier, you can see police officers watching as Salvador Ramos entered Robb Elementary School.
If only those Uvalde police officers had the courage to do what the West Virginia woman did: Shoot the armed suspect before innocent people wind up dead.
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