The neighbor who shot gunman Devin Patrick Kelley at the Texas church has given his first interview since the horrific incident, where he tearfully stated he was doing what needed to be done.
‘Stephen Willeford, 55, embraced Johnnie Langendorff, 27, in an emotional hug on Monday night at the vigil for the victims of the tragic shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs,’ reports the Daily Mail.
On Sunday Willeford confronted Devin Patrick Kelley, after getting news of what was happening from his daughter. As Kelley was leaving the church Willeford was able to find a shot between his body armor, wounding him; after the shot, Willeford and Langendorff took chase to Kelley after he fled in his vehicle.
The Daily Mail stated, ‘During the 95mph car chase, Kelley lost control of his vehicle and ran off the road, before shooting himself in the head. He called his father shortly before to say he had been shot and didn’t think he was going to make it.’
Willeford has been praised as a hero by locals and law enforcement, but, he doesn’t consider himself one; which he revealed in his first ever interview since the incident.
‘I’m no hero. All I want to stress today, is the people at that church, they’re friends of mine, they’re family, and every time I heard a shot I knew that probably represented a life.’
Stephen Willeford was alerted of the shooting by his daughter. She called him saying there was a man dressed in body armor gunning down church goers during their service.
He immediately took action by grabbing his rifle and engaging the suspect.
During his interview he told KHBS, tears rolling down his face, that in that moment he was ‘scared to death.
‘I was scared for me and I was scared for every one of them, and I was scared for my own family that lived less than a block away. I think my God, my Lord, protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done. And I just wish I could’ve gotten there faster. But I didn’t know, I didn’t know what was happening.’