From the Possenti Society.
“The St. Gabriel Possenti Society commends Robert Engle of the Burdette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee for stopping with his handgun a mass murder of congregants during services on Sunday, September 24,” Society chairman John M. Snyder said here today.
“Sunday’s handgun rescue action by Robert ‘Caleb’ Engle, called a ‘hero’ by Nashville police chief Steve Anderson, reflects the 1860 handgun rescue action by St. Gabriel Possenti in Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy,” noted Snyder.
[…]During that event, Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, wearing a ski mask, allegedly rampaged through the church, carrying two handguns. He allegedly shot seven people, including the pastor, Joey Spann, and one woman, Melanie Smith, who died. Samson attacked Engle by “pistol-whipping” him and causing him “significant injuries,” including “injury to the head.” Samson accidentally may have shot himself.
Engle, an usher at the church who has a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm, went to his car and retrieved his handgun. [Pretty far away!] He trained it on Samson and forced him to desist from his murder spree until police arrived.
Samson has been charged with murder and attempted murder.
Dan Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, said of Samson, “It would appear he was not expecting to encounter a brave individual like the church usher.”
Chief Anderson praised Engle for intervening, according to The Washington Post, saying, “We believe he is the hero today.”
“Engle truly is a hero,” said Snyder. “His action underscores scholarly estimates that there are two to four million defensive gun uses in the United States each year.
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