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Amarillo, TX — As news of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida dominated the airwaves this week, a massive hostage situation—which was quickly turning into a mass shooting situation—was foiled by a hero in a church. That hero, however, is now in the hospital after police showed up to the scene and shot him.

The situation was well on its way to becoming one of the deadliest shootings in history as the gunman took over 100 people hostage inside the Faith City Mission church on Wednesday.

“They said there was a gun in the building everyone started running all different ways,” said Clay Murdock, a student at Faith City Mission.

According to WLOX, Murdock said he tried to get as many people inside their sound room as possible.

“We’re standing in there and everyone starts praying,” said Murdock. “I went outside to see what was going on if I could get more people in there and right when as I went outside the guy was standing right in front of me with the pistol.”

Murdock then ran outside.

According to the Amarillo police, the initial call came in around 8:45 a.m. and indicated that there was an armed suspect inside who was holding 100 people hostage.

Sergeant Brent Barbee told reporters that when officers breached the building, they encountered an individual who had a handgun.

The officers fired shots that struck the man,” said Barbee. “After some additional investigation, they’ve learned that the man that [had] the gun may have taken the firearm away from the original suspect in the call. The man who originally had the gun has been taken into custody.”

Later that day, police clarified that they indeed shot the wrong man.

“The initial investigation indicates that the man the officer shot had originally been in a struggle with the original suspect and had taken away the gun from the suspect. The initial suspect has been taken into custody and is not injured. No other persons were hit by gunfire. This is very early in the investigation and more details will be available at a later time,” read the report.

As Amarillo.com reports, the hero of the story is a student at Faith City Mission church. After he and the private church security officers wrestled the shooter to the ground and got the gun away from him, one or more Amarillo police officers opened fire on the student.

“Members of the security team took the gunman down and one of our students was able to wrestle the gun away,” she said. “Our thoughts are with our injured student and we praise God for his protection while honoring the heroic actions of our security team, students and everyone else involved — which prevented the situation from becoming far worse.”

The student was taken to a local hospital. The gunman, Joshua Len Jones, 35, of Amarillo was taken to jail unharmed.

Faith City Mission Executive Director Jena Taylor said the student, who was not identified, had surgery Wednesday but was in stable condition and remains hospitalized, reports Amarillo.com.

“One of our staff members visited the student that was shot and he is resting well after surgery,” Taylor said.

Predictably, this story received no coverage in the mainstream media as it is showed brave citizens in a positive light while highlighting the fact that cops shot and nearly killed the hero.

Please share this story with your friends and family to spread a bit of good news in what has surely been a tragic week of reporting.


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58 COMMENTS

  1. From what I understand in how this article is written, there was no way for the cops to understand the actual hostage taker was down. They’re told one man with a gun has 100 people hostage, they’re trying to prevent a disaster. So the person holding a gun gets the shot (and it wasn’t a fatal one either). If you plan to stop a hostage taker or shooter, put down the gun after you’ve stopped the shooter.

    So I don’t know if I can completely come down on the cops here, but I can come down on the media for obscuring the entire situation.

    • That’s because cops are trained to shoot first ask questions later. The American people need to fire all local police and put in private security to uphold the peace, because police are a criminal gang and a standing army. We the people are the ones that have to fix, this tyrannical government, or the next person police decide to execute, could be your wife or kids.

      • I agree lots of changes need to happen for police and that they do essentially act at times in defense of thr government and corporations, but if you think a private security company will fix things, I mean wow
        A private security company is even more likely to be beholden to corporations

      • Also Im guessing such a private security company would likely be largely made up of veterans and many of the cops you just put out of business so…

        We have to fix the whole culture, not replace one tryanical group with another

        • No, we would not hire any of the cops that were just fired, that would be retarded, to hire the criminals, that you just got rid of.

          • Private security firms largely hire veterans and former law enforcement
            You’re talking about a hypothetical ideal I’m talking about the reality of security firms

      • This ‘private security’, would have to be consistently transparent to the public, & would have to answer to it’s clients, & no one else…
        (Not sure, whether or not, if that is a realistic possibility)….(& maybe “private” is the wrong designation)…

        • And even if the American people pooled all their money in to pay them it would still be dwarfed by mega corporations, politicians and the 1/10th of 1% and were back where we are with cops

      • And just what the hell do you think a private security force will turn into?! The cops were just doing their jobs in this situation. The black folk always accuse cops of being racist and they like killing black folk. Well, seems every single video I’ve seen where a black man got shot by a cop the black man was not doing what he was told. How about when a cop tells you to stop what your doing and put your hands up, don’t reach for your cell phone, do what you’re told!

    • They’re supposed to aim while commanding their department’s version of “Drop the gun and get on your knees”, then secure the gun and the suspect. If the armed suspect moves to shoot, then pull the trigger.

      This business of reflexively shooting folks without thinking isn’t cool. We who walk around armed but without badges don’t go around shooting people because we didn’t get the copper lobotomy ( referring to the badge).

      • And if it had gone the other way, ie; the guy holding the gun WAS the bad guy and the cops didn’t shoot him and he killed 1 or 2 people while the cops were telling him to “get on his knees” then you armchair quarterbacks would be bitching about how the cops just let those people die without doing anything.

        • I, for one, would not be “bitching” in the manner you accuse.

          I don’t believe in professional policing, period. Instead, I recognize the only people one should hope to provide safety to yourself, your family, and your neighbors are – you guessed it – yourself, your family and your neighbors.

          Church attenders should be armed inside and outside of church, for their protection.

          I further believe that every woman should be armed. Especially the women. And not just because a woman who shoots is sexy 😉

          • Not having professional police is moronic. Look, I’m a certified and current NRA Instructor, formerly a nationally ranked competitive shooter, 20+ year concealed carry. I completely agree about being in charge of me and my family’s safety. But without professional police, society would implode. I however, don’t believe EVERY woman, should carry. Or man for that matter. If you’re going to carry, that means you have to train. 98% of the gun community, does not know their ass from their elbow regarding fighting with a gun. Which is what’s involved with self defense. It’s not just shooting. Those who do not train are more of a liability with a gun than without.

          • Good opinion. Agree to disagree.

            I live in a libertarian enclave where the police have been “politely uninvited”, and for the most part they stay out.

            We look after our own, and three of us take care of things in our spare time. About a thousand souls here getting along without police just fine. We have only two rules here – don’t hurt anybody, and don’t steal – everything else is ok. And folks are encouraged to be decent. It’s been years, and we’re not “imploding”.

          • Funny, because I live in a town or technically a village that has no police force either. The county sheriff is the main law enforcement body in the area. If it calls for it state police obviously has jurisdiction as well. I’m not saying it’s not impossible as there are small areas that fit your image of Mayberry. But when there is an accident and people are hurt, who goes out and “polices” the situation? You? Doubt it. I certainly am not going out to an accident scene at 3am for someone that’s not in my family. If you think urban areas will not “implode” without police presence, you need stronger meds.

          • I disagree that is the fear the government has embedded in you, to think we need them, when we can do it ourselves, cause police do not prevent anything and only come after the fact. The supreme court ruled that the police have no obligation to serve or protect us, so what exactly is their purpose, it is to extort money. Police should only interfere with our lives if someone hurts someone else, not victimless crimes like you see them do now. We should reestablish common law, since it’s the best law for protecting the people instead of corporations. We would not go crazy, it is us who chooses to behave, not because of police, but because we no it’s wrong to hurt others.

          • And you’re another that wants to live in a fantasy world. Whether or not you want to believe it, evil does exist. When evil happens, are you going to be the one who goes out and takes care of it? Because I’m here to tell you reasoning and or harsh language isn’t going to work. Trust me the govt has embedded no fear in me, because I take care of me and my own. And I am highly skilled in doing so. I can also assure you if it doesn’t effect me or my family, I’m not going out at 3am to investigate the alarm down at the local pharmacy. I am a realist, there is a need for cops. Are there bad cops? Of course there are. There are bad priests too. Laws exist for a reason, when laws exist, not every single person in society will follow those laws, who is supposed to enforce them? Stop living in a dream world and face reality.

    • So what about all you need to stop a bad man with a gun, is a good man with a gun if you’re going to shoot the good man on sight. It just doesn’t make sense.

  2. What this proves is that the “good guy with a gun” looks exactly the same to a cop as a bad guy with a gun. Which is exactly why that argument doesn’t work!! It also shows once again that our cops are trigger happy and need retraining desperately.

    • Just goes to show you know shit. If you were a cop and showed up on scene of an active shooter and hostage situation and saw a man with a gun pointing it at someone what would you do? It’s not time for negotiation, you have a split second to make your decision otherwise someone could lose their life. There were mistakes made, hopefully the the hero lives, because he was the only one with the balls to not be a victim.

  3. Police only keep the peace any way they think they can and are not there to protect the citizens. Citizens are responsible for their own safety, period. Usually better to finish protecting yourself, then call police to “cleanup”?

  4. Yeah..if you have the guy subdued with the help of a bunch of other people you need to put the gun down…….EVERYONE knows that cops FREAK OUT at even the suggestion that there might be a gun……

  5. I’ve noticed several people in my feed mention Israel concerning armed citizens and guns, quoting BS put out by the NRA, so let me set a few things straight. Ifyou want to own a gun in Israel you must consider the following:

    1. 40% of applications for firearms permits are rejected. There are only 170,000 active permits currently (population 8.5 million)
    2. Only a small group of people are eligible for firearms licenses. Primarily licenses go to high ranking retired military personnel, police officers, prison guards, security guards, and animal control officers. There are a small number of licences for settlers in the West Bank and hunters.
    3. You must be at least 21 years old for those who completed military service otherwise you have to wait till you are 27 or 45 for non-citizen residents.
    4. Applicants must be a resident of Israel for at least three consecutive years.
    5. You must pass an extensive background check (including criminal check, national security check, health exam, and mental health evaluation)
    6. You must establish a genuine reason for possessing a firearm. I like guns is not an option. If you say you need a gun for self-defence, you can only have one gun, and you are limited to an annual supply of 50 bullets
    7. You have to justify every gun you possess separately. Owning more than two guns is extremely rare.
    8. You must pass a multi-week weapons-training course.
    9. You have to renew your license and pass a shooting course every three years.
    10. You have to undergo a psychological assessment every six years.
    11. You must have a safe at your residence in which to keep the firearm.
    12. There is 100% VAT on firearms, and you will pay thousands of shekels to qualify for your license and hundreds of shekels each year to keep it.
    13. There are enormous legal repercussions should your gun be miss-handled, miss-fire, injury anyone unjustly, or be used in a crime. Even if you are not the one that committed these acts.
    14. You are not allowed to sell your gun to anyone but a registered dealer or the police.

    In Israel, gun ownership is a privilege, not a right. It is illegal to own an assault rifle. The photo below is not an open carry gun enthusiast. It’s an off-duty soldier that has to carry her weapon while in basic training. Know that when you see young Israelis carrying assault rifles, those are soldiers. I have yet to meet a single Israeli that liked doing this. It is basically a punishment. Don’t believe what the NRA says. Gun violence and gun death in Israel is low, not because we all have to carry guns in our youth, but because of gun regulation, enforcement, and not breeding a culture of fear around personal protection.

  6. The fault lies partially with the church in not notifying the local police that the perp has been neutralized. The security team has him on the ground and the student still held the gun. He should have placed it on the ground away from the group. Church security teams should be identified to leo’s who respond to any situation. Sending one to the front door to receive the police and direct them to the scene would have saved the individual from being shot.

  7. As a local- this is hardly the story. In fact, its laughable. There were only 6 people involved. Nowhere near 100. There was no shooting only someone pulled a gun on a group of people. Seems also, like the writer put a false spin on it. They werent about to risk having another mass shooting. ALso, this happened BEFORE the mass shooting on Valentines day. Thus why it didnt make national news. It was definitely news here. So you wanna bash cops for acting quickly and bash cops in FL for not acting at all.. f*** decide what you stand for or sit down

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