Houston cop praised for thwarting potential mass shooting near kids’ dance contest: ‘Bum rushed’
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A Houston police officer first spoke about thwarting a possible mass shooting earlier this year, when a man with a rifle and 120 rounds was spotted in a mall near a children’s dance competition .
“I quickly rushed over, tackled him. And my first reaction was to make sure I grabbed the gun. Whatever I caught, make sure I grabbed that gun,” said Sergeant Houston. Kendrick Simpo told ABC 13. “I had in my mind (that) I was going to get shot. I just had to take the pain. I knew it was going to hurt, and I was like, ‘Whatever I do , I can’t. drop that rifle.'”
Simpo said he was working a second job at The Galleria mall in Houston’s Uptown neighborhood on Feb. 5 when he heard a call about a man with a gun near Macy’s at the mall.
He and a security guard headed to Macy’s, and Simpo noted that he had taken special measures not to scare the hundreds of children and adults gathered for the dance competition, which was a few hundred meters from the department store.
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“I knew there was a dance contest with little kids at the Westin Ballroom, so I didn’t pull my gun because I didn’t want to run to Macy’s area, which is after the ballroom. , with pull out the gun and scare anyone,” Simpo explained.
He saw the suspect, Guido Herrera, near the entrance to the Westin Ballroom and tackled him.
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“I knew if a person had a gun and they were inside the mall, I was pretty much outnumbered because all I had was a handgun at the time. My handgun and his rifle, I was already at a disadvantage,” he said. .
Simpo was able to point the suspect’s gun at the ceiling while trying to subdue him. Backup quickly arrived and arrested Herrera without a single shot being fired, ABC 13 reported.
“I really know what I signed 20 years ago when I entered this profession,” Simpo said.
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Police found Herrera brought a rifle, a Bible, 120 rounds and a handgun to the mall, according to the outlet. Herrera was charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced last week to a year in prison, according to ABC 13.
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A little over a month after the incident at the mall, Herrera went to FBI headquarters in Houston and requested a meeting with the FBI director. Law enforcement found a gun in his car during this incident. He was again charged with a misdemeanor because he did not fire the gun or point it at anyone.