Female bystander kills gunman armed with assault rifle — Analysis
One woman killed a career criminal while he was shooting into the crowd at West Virginia’s graduation party
After she fatally shot the man firing at a group of Charleston residents celebrating their graduations and birthdays, an unidentified West Virginia woman was hailed a hero.
On Wednesday night, Dennis Butler (37 years old) was confronted for speeding through the Complex while young children were playing. According to police, Butler became agitated and fled the scene. He returned a few minutes later with an AR-15-style rifle which he started firing at dozens of partygoers. Butler was killed by the gunman who shot at him from behind.
“This lady was carrying a lawful firearm, a law-abiding citizen who stopped the threat of probably 20-30 people being killed,”Tony Hazelett was chief of the detectives at Charleston Police Department. He spoke before reporters. “She engaged the threat and stopped it. She didn’t run from the threat. She engaged it, preventing a mass casualty here in Charleston.”
Butler was the sole casualty. No one was hurt at the party. The woman will not face any charges. The woman and many witnesses, who waited patiently for the police to arrive, cooperated with investigators.
“She’s just a member of the community who was carrying her weapon lawfully, and instead of running from the threat, she engaged with the threat and saved several lives last night,” Hazelett said. He said, “She did the right thing. I don’t if any other person would have done that.”
The incident came just one day after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an Uvalde, Texas, elementary school. Police in the Uvalde massacre have been criticized for waiting in a hallway outside the adjoining classrooms in which the shooter was locked for more than 45 minutes – even as desperate children repeatedly called 911 for help from inside the rooms.
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Butler had “extensive”Police say that he had a history of criminal convictions including two felony convictions. This makes it illegal for him possess firearms. He also had a history where he was accused of shooting and pistol-whipping a woman in 2016. He was accused, for example, of pistol-whipping and shooting a woman in 2016. However the case was dropped due to a lack of witnesses.
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