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Man who helped chase down Texas gunman hailed a "hero"

Monday, November 06, 2017 - 00:30

Local man, Johnnie Langendorff, who was driving by the Sutherland Springs church as the shooting was taking place on Sunday says he helped another local resident chase the gunman after he fled. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A man says he helped another local resident chase the Texas gunman after he fled the church. A local resident with a rifle fired at the suspect as he left the church. The gunman dropped his Ruger assault weapon and fled in his vehicle, said Freeman Martin, regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. A man told San Antonio television station KSAT he was driving near the church when the resident who had opened fire on the gunman approached his truck and urged him to give chase. "He said that we had to get him (the gunman), and so that's what I did," said Johnnie Langendorff, the driver of the truck. He added they reached speeds of 95 miles per hour during the chase, while he was on the phone with emergency dispatchers. Soon afterward, the suspect crashed the vehicle near the border of a neighbouring county and was found dead inside with a cache of weapons. It was not immediately clear if he killed himself or was hit when the resident fired at him outside the church, authorities said. The suspect's identity was not disclosed by authorities, but law enforcement officials who asked not to be named said he was Devin Patrick Kelley, described as a white, 26-year-old man, the New York Times and other media reported. "We don't think he had any connection to this church," Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told CNN. "We have no motive."

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Man who helped chase down Texas gunman hailed a "hero"

Monday, November 06, 2017 - 00:30