Cops blast man after he helped stop possible church shooting
The good guy with the gun got shot.
Another mass shooting set within sacred confines nearly could've taken place on the same day as the massacre in Parkland, Fla., were it not for one man joining with a group of congregants to take down the gunman.
Unfortunately for Tony Garces, he still got shot, though not by the assailant, but by police responding to the scene at Faith City Mission in Amarillo, Texas.
"I got the gun, I thought it was over," the 37-year-old told KVII, "but the cops shot me. The good guys shot me."
According to the Houston Chronicle, Joshua Len Jones entered the church after 9 a.m. Feb. 14, took out a gun and proceeded to hold approximately 100 churchgoers and staff members hostage.
While police were on their way, Garces and a small group of people rushed Jones, bringing him to the floor of the house of worship and allowing Garces to seize the weapon.
"I said, 'Hey, hey, I got the gun,'" he recalls. "'I took the gun away from him, we got him.' Then pop, pop!"
Police had shot the former convict in the neck and chest.
Faced with a massive medical bill, Garces hopes the city will take care of the expenses, but in the mean time he has some advice for police.
"Train them better, man," he said. "That guy didn't know what he was doing."
There were no other injuries.
After getting arrested at the scene, Jones now faces six first-degree felony charges of aggravated kidnapping and is being held on bonds worth $1.2 million.
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