On Sunday, news broke of a shooting that happened at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas. The shooting left at least 26 people killed.
Johnnie Langendorf is one of the men who chased down the church shooter, Devin Kelley. He tells his story of the high-speed car chase that led to the capture of Kelley.
As he told his story to KSAT, Langendorff stated, “I pulled up to the intersection where the shooting happened and I saw two men exchanging gunfire, the other being the citizen of the community.”
Langendorff recalled that once the gunman fled the church in his car, the other man came to his car.
He stated, “The shooter of the church had taken off, fled in his vehicle. The other gentleman said we needed to pursue (the shooter) because he shot up the church. So that’s what I did. I just acted.” He added that he didn’t know the name of the other man.
Langendorff explained that it happened “very quickly” and once the other man “got into the truck and I knew that it was time to go.”
He revealed that the two chased the shooter down FM 539 headed north before Kelley lost control and ran off the road.
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Langendorff stated, “He just lost control. That is when I put the vehicle in park and I was still on the phone to Dispatch [police]. The other gentleman jumped out and has his rifle drawn on him. He didn’t move after that.”
Langendorff recalls that within five to seven minutes, police had surrounded Kelley’s car, “…And then they pushed us back and they took care of the rest. I didn’t see anything after that.”
His Facebook page has been filled with many messages of thanks and praise.
Reports still say that it is unclear how the shooter died. Also, the motive for the shooting is unknown. Officials have not released all the names of the people killed.
You can watch the interview below:
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