Texas officer saved lives in shooting outside Muhammad cartoon contest, police say

by FoxNews.com  |  published on May 4, 2015

A Texas traffic cop saved untold lives Sunday night when he took down two heavily armed men bent on storming a building where a ‘Draw the Prophet’ Muhammad contest was taking place, killing both before they could make their way inside.

The police officer, who has not been identified by Garland Police Department officials, “probably saved lives,” said police spokesman Joe Harn, who added that “his reaction, and his shooting with a pistol, he did a good job.”

Harn said the two suspects, believed to have driven some 1,100 miles from Phoenix to invade the contest at a suburban Dallas venue, shot assault rifles outside, wounding a security guard and hitting at least one police car. Local police, a SWAT team, FBI and ATF agents were on hand for the event, attended by 75 people, which authorities anticipated could anger Muslim hardliners. Authorities in Garland said the men — wearing body armor — drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center on Sunday night and began shooting at a security officer with assault rifles.

Two tweets apparently sent out prior to the shooting from two social media accounts linked to radical Islam seemed to foreshadow the attack. One, sent at 6:35 p.m., some 15 minutes before the attack, used the hashtag #texasattack. “May Allah accept us as mujahideen,” it said.

  • peewee henson

    there’s a reason why american civilians are armed. For events just like this because the cops aren’t everywhere all the time. And besides, a gun is easier to carry undetected than a fully dressed cop

  • debi

    Wonder just how many times a day our Officers protect us like this without us knowing?
    One thing I have to say to ISIS – Just because you think the President and a lot of our politicans are weak, doesn’t mean you can attack our citizens. Most of our Police Officers are just like those in Garland Texas. “Don’t Tread on Us”

  • durabo

    Kudos to the officer who stopped the attack by terrorists (You hear that, Sheikh Oblunder? TERRORISTS!) while facing two tangos armed with AK-47s with just a service pistol. Two factors determined his success:
    !) Mental conditioning and training to remain proficient with his pistol, and
    2) The fact that these miserable Muslim sheep-humpers have never learned how to shoulder a rifle or establish cheek weld.

    Our nation salutes the officer!

    • right on durabo, another thing they didn’t know is you gotta be crazy to mess with texans.

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