Johnnie Langendorff – Good Guy Who Trailed TX Church Shooter Describes The Chase

Johnnie Langendorff pursued the Texas Church shooter in his pickup along with the civilian who had engaged him in gunfire and stopped the assault, leading police to his car on…

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johnnie langendorff chase church shooter

Average citizen Johnnie Langendorff was driving past the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, as the events with the murderous rampage were underway. He and another private citizen gave chase to the perpetrator and ultimately led police to him after he had come to a stop on the side of a local highway.

Langendorff describes the events, with him pulling up to an intersection at which point he saw a local citizen exchanging gunfire with the murderer on church property. The murderous shooter then fled in his vehicle and the civilian that had been involved in the exchange of gunfire approached Langendorff, briefly explained what was going on, and told him they needed to pursue him.

Langendorff said the shooter “got a little bit of a jump on us and so we were doing about 95 down 539, going around traffic and everything and eventually he came to kind of a slowdown and after that we got to within just a few feet of him and he got off the road.”

Asked if they had bumped him or done anything else to force him off, Langendorff said, “He just lost control and that’s when I arrived at the vehicle and parked, because I was still on the phone with dispatch and the other gentleman jumped out and had his rifle drawn on him and he didn’t move after that.”

He says the two of them led police to the shooter’s location, that “He was headed northbound on 539 and everybody else was headed to the church, all the officers were responding to the church.” He estimates the time that lapsed between the gunman stopping his vehicle and the arrival of the police at between five and seven minutes.

Once the police arrived they pushed both of the civilians back and Langendorff says he “didn’t see anything after that.”

Who knows what additional carnage might have occurred had this armed civilian and Langendorff not intervened and assisted law enforcement. The best solution for a bad guy with a gun is one or more armed good guys. Police can’t be everywhere and we really wouldn’t want them to be.

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