Police tend to be increasingly paranoid in their attitude towards the idea of the armed citizen. Some of this could be caused by the insularity of a group that is increasingly being used to enforce more and more petty regulations of the modern nanny state and its attendant them against us mentality. What tends to be forgotten is, that with an armed citizenry, the guns coming out in a crisis will be on their side.
In an incident in Texas an armed citizen, Vic Stacey probably saved the life of a police officer who was pinned down under gunfire by a murderer who was reportedly better armed and in a better position. Not only did he hit the offender with the first shot, but that shot was at more than 150 yards with a pistol, something many could not do with a rifle:
... Stacy, who had a seen Conner around his trailer park and described him as “off the wall”, watched the gun fight for a few moments and concluded, “I think (Conner) is gonna take (the officer) out if I don’t help him out.”It would be nice to know what the pistol was; it appears that he hit the killer five times at long range, so it’s a hell of a gun with a hell of a good shot behind it. (My mate Bawb will want at least one of those.)
So, that’s when Stacy decided to act. Conner may have had excellent cover against the Officer Means, but Stacy was in a flanking position that gave him the perfect vantage point. Stacy recalled, “I had a side view of that man the whole time standing there, and I thought, I’m fixin’ to put one in him, if I can.”
Stacy raised his gun, fired, and landed one hell of a shot – by his estimate “a good 165 yards” – with a pistol (we do not know the make or caliber at this time). Stacy wasn’t even sure if he could make the shot at that distance: “I hope this magnum bullet’ll hold up, you know, this distance. And sure enough it did and I hit him in the thigh.”
At that point, Conner returned fire against Stacy with his AR-15. He missed his shot, luckily, but that gave dead-eye Stacy another opportunity to pull the trigger. Stacy “hit him again and put three more in him … The patrolman got two shots in him with that AR-15. And it seems like he’s all over with, then.”
Conner died on the scene, but if it wasn’t for the aid of Vic Stacy, the body count might have been a lot higher.
Stacy told Brownwood Bulletin that he wasn’t able to sleep at all the night following the shooting, but the following day was a different story. Stacy was able to get a good night’s sleep after police convinced him that he had acted appropriately and saved lives. Stacy added, “I hate that it happened. But I’m glad that we got him down. I felt sorry for those people.”
We might have a new role model. Vic Stacy was not overeager to pull the trigger, he felt the appropriate weight on his conscience after taking the life of another person, and he hasn’t let the media attention get to his head. If you ask us, the world could use a few more Vic Stacys.