Heroic Local Exchanged Gunfire With Texas Shooter

According to a report in the Daily Mail.com, the shooter, “Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was leaving First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after he opened fire on parishioners during mass when a local man grabbed his rifle” and exchanged shots with the suspect.

The suspect then dropped his assault rifle — whether due to having been hit by gunfire from the unnamed neighbor isn’t clear from the report — and fled the scene in his SUV.

“But another local resident, Johnnie Langendorff, who had witnessed the confrontation refused to let the shooter get away. Both he and the unnamed neighbor jumped in his truck and gave chase.”

Langendorff’s girlfriend Summer Caddel later described in Facebook how the pair, after a highspeed chase, ran the shooter off the road.

Langendorff told KSAT 12 that he’d been speeding at 95mph, while on the phone to dispatch, while the neighbor kept his rifle trained on the gunman’s car.

As they approached a sharp curve in the road, near the 307 and 539, he said Kelley appeared to lose control and his car swerved off the road.

‘That’s when I put the truck in park,’ he said. ‘The other gentleman jumped out, and had his rifle on him. He didn’t move after that.’

“Kelley was already dead when they found him inside his vehicle having shot himself dead. Police revealed during a press conference on Monday that the gunman called his father to let him know he had been shot and he didn’t think he was going to make it.”