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Gun Owner Saves Cop's Life by Shooting Deranged Gunman! (VIDEO) (TX)
guns.com ^ | 1 August, 2012 | dabneybailey

Posted on 08/02/2012 5:15:50 AM PDT by marktwain

Edited on 08/02/2012 5:19:07 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

It’s not every day that you hear the police give a civilian a warm “thank you” for entering a lethal shootout, but that’s exactly what happened in Early, Texas on Sunday. But before we get into the heroic civilian shooter, let’s back up a bit.

See a Man About a Dog

It all began, innocently enough, “as a squabble over dogs.” David Michael House, 58, and Iris Valentina Calaci, 53, were both residents at the Peach House RV Park in central Texas. They were also dog owners, and their pooches allegedly had a nasty habit of relieving themselves on the lawn of neighbor Charles Ronald Conner, 58.

According to eyewitnesses, Conner approached House about his dog, and an argument broke out. Rather than dealing with the confrontation like a normal human being, Conner allegedly went back to his RV, got his gun, returned to House, and lethally shot him.

The gun shots prompted Calaci to run screaming from her trailer home, but she didn’t get far. Conner chased her down, shot her once and then fired another shot into her, execution style.

Amazingly, Conner’s shooting spree didn’t end there. He also shot and killed the two dogs that, in his confused mind, started the mess.

Fatally shooting your neighbors over an issue of dog doo might seem absurdly over-the-top to normal people like you and us, but it might have appeared perfectly sensible to Conner. Conner’s family explained that he had “mental problems.” Police later found a notebook in Conner’s trailer with nearly incomprehensible “ramblings.”

Conner might’ve been able to get a lenient sentence in court due to his troubled mental state, but that day will never come – there was to be one more shooting on that tragic day, this time in the name of defense.

Shots Fired

Sgt. Steven Means of the Early Police Department came rolling onto the scene, but he had barely gotten out of his car before Conner began opening fire on the officer. Means took cover behind his police car and returned fire with an AR-15, but Conner maintained cover behind a tree. Eyewitnesses report that this positioning gave Conner the upper hand over the out-gunned police officer.

A Helping Hand

Means and Conner weren’t the only two people with their attention riveted on the gun fight. Vic Stacy, another resident of the RV park, saw the gun fight break out as he was watching TV in his mobile home and thought to himself, “I’m going to see what’s going to happen here and if I need to I’ll, you know, get in on it.”

Stacy, who had a seen Conner around his trailer park and described him as "off the wall", watched the gun fight for a few moments and concluded, “I think (Conner) is gonna take (the officer) out if I don’t help him out.”

So, that’s when Stacy decided to act. Conner may have had excellent cover against the Officer Means, but Stacy was in a flanking position that gave him the perfect vantage point. Stacy recalled, “I had a side view of that man the whole time standing there, and I thought, I’m fixin’ to put one in him, if I can.”

Stacy raised his gun, fired, and landed one hell of a shot – by his estimate “a good 165 yards” – with a pistol (we do not know the make or caliber at this time). Stacy wasn’t even sure if he could make the shot at that distance: “I hope this magnum bullet’ll hold up, you know, this distance. And sure enough it did and I hit him in the thigh.”

At that point, Conner returned fire against Stacy with his AR-15. He missed his shot, luckily, but that gave dead-eye Stacy another opportunity to pull the trigger. Stacy “hit him again and put three more in him … The patrolman got two shots in him with that AR-15. And it seems like he’s all over with, then.”

Conner died on the scene, but if it wasn’t for the aid of Vic Stacy, the body count might have been a lot higher.

Thanks for the Help!

More police arrived on scene an promptly threw Stacy in cuffs, but after Officer Means cleared up what had happened they released Stacy. Brown County Sheriff Bobby Grubbs later said, "The citizen that fired these shots did a tremendous job out there. Had he not had a gun and the presence of mind to do this, we don't know what the outcome would've been.”

It is currently unclear as to whether it was Stacy's shots or Officer Mean's shots that delivered the killing blow. Either way, the police are not planning to press charges against Stacy. If anything, they should give him a medal.

Police and RV park residents alike have been calling Stacy a hero, but he’s rejected the label. He said that he’s just an “average workin’ person” who was just “trying to help an officer out.”

Stacy told Brownwood Bulletin that he wasn’t able to sleep at all the night following the shooting, but the following day was a different story. Stacy was able to get a good night's sleep after police convinced him that he had acted appropriately and saved lives.

Stacy added, “I hate that it happened. But I’m glad that we got him down. I felt sorry for those people.”

We might have a new role model. Vic Stacy was not overeager to pull the trigger, he felt the appropriate weight on his conscience after taking the life of another person, and he hasn’t let the media attention get to his head. If you ask us, the world could use a few more Vic Stacys.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: banglist; defense; leo; police; tx
There are pictures and video at the site.

Some people believe the distance was 65 yards, not 165. It has also been reported that Conner was using a lever action rifle, not an AR 15.

Vic Stacy was using a .357 magnum revolver.

Quite a contrast to the outcome in Colorado.

1 posted on 08/02/2012 5:15:58 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Good shooting, Citizen! And a bonus of saving a LEO’s life, too. That’s real ***Gun Control***!


2 posted on 08/02/2012 5:22:45 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [CADAVER-NV] has a goat in lingerie and stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: marktwain

I too wonder about the larger picture.

Where did all the rounds that missed go? ... In an RV park.


3 posted on 08/02/2012 5:25:08 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: marktwain

Even at 65 yards...that is a hell of a shot with a handgun


4 posted on 08/02/2012 5:27:13 AM PDT by squidward
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To: marktwain; All

More details at the link:

RV Park witness shooter, Vic Stacy, recounts shoot out with gunman

http://www.ktxs.com/news/RV-Park-witness-shooter-Vic-Stacy-recounts-shoot-out-with-gunman/-/14769632/15933066/-/3v7gsnz/-/index.html


5 posted on 08/02/2012 5:27:33 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: squidward

Wow, consistent hits at 65 yards take some range time. Good shootin.


6 posted on 08/02/2012 5:34:58 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Blueflag

This link shows a photograph of Peach House RV Park

http://www.brownwoodtx.com/news/local/article_357cf56c-da92-11e1-8c37-001a4bcf887a.html


7 posted on 08/02/2012 5:35:41 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Stacy is a hero, since he risked his life by simply having a gun in hand during a dangerous situation. too many cops’ would have shot him for that’s alone, and never given thought that an innocent person simply wanted to live as much as they do.

Seriously, stop shooting everyone for the “crime” of being prepared to protection themselves. Verify there is an actual threat before killing someone.

I honestly might have let the cop deal with it himself, since they are so scared of anyone else having the means of self defense while in a cop’s presence.


8 posted on 08/02/2012 5:37:20 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: marktwain

This man is a real hero of responsibility.


9 posted on 08/02/2012 5:43:23 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: marktwain
"Vic Stacy was using a .357 magnum revolver. "

With iron sights?

10 posted on 08/02/2012 5:57:43 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

.357 with iron sights at 65 yards (195 feet) isn’t impossible. Notice he said he hit him in the thigh. At that distance, aiming for the head on iron sights likely would’ve resulted in a hit below the waist. It’s not natural to aim over a target, but at that range with a revolver, he could make a kill shot. He’d have to understand physics though, and in a shootout situation, most people aren’t busting out a scientific calculator.


11 posted on 08/02/2012 6:11:29 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: marktwain

12 posted on 08/02/2012 6:14:25 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: rarestia

Got that right.


13 posted on 08/02/2012 6:15:54 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: marktwain

I lived in a trailer court for twenty five years. I’m glad I got out. Fortunately, there was no gunfire in my twenty five years. Just a few objectionable neighbors who I was glad to be distanced from when I finally moved.


14 posted on 08/02/2012 6:17:52 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: marktwain

IMHO, the “165 yards” quote was due to not understanding “good ol’ boy speak”. Listen to the second video at the link. I think he says “A hundred or 65 yards”. Even 50 yards would be a hell of a shot! God bless this guy, and I hope it doesn’t cause him too much anguish.


15 posted on 08/02/2012 6:28:51 AM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: rarestia
.357 with iron sights at 65 yards (195 feet) isn’t impossible.

It is for me. Anything outside of 6 meters is unlikely with a pistol. ;)

Give me a rifle, and that's a different story.

/johnny

16 posted on 08/02/2012 6:31:24 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: rarestia; marktwain; waterhill; ixtl
.357 with iron sights at 65 yards (195 feet) isn’t impossible.

I thought I was doing good a couple of weeks ago with my .357 to keep all my shots on the steel at 40 yards, with about 50% at COM. This was SLOWFIRE, with no adrenaline and no shots being fired, other than mine, LOL.

He did very well given the circumstances IMO.

17 posted on 08/02/2012 6:37:06 AM PDT by Envisioning (Call me a racist........, one more time..........)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Best I’ve shot was 12 shots of .40 cal. from a Springfield in the 8 ring at 30 meters from prone with a rest. I couldn’t do it again if you paid me. I normally train at 3 - 5 meters max.


18 posted on 08/02/2012 6:38:24 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: marktwain

Gun ranges—practice, practice, practice.

They’re working on shutting those down also, I’m sure.


19 posted on 08/02/2012 6:39:38 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's Welfare, Food Stamps, Division and Disability 'Legacy')
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To: TribalPrincess2U

No gun ranges around where I live that’ll give you more than 25 yards, let alone 50 or 100.....


20 posted on 08/02/2012 6:48:01 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: marktwain

on a side note..... A dog shooting and the cop didn’t do it!


21 posted on 08/02/2012 6:49:56 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: marktwain

I can understand him scoring with a .357 magnum revolver. I have a S&W Model 19 with a 6” barrel that could be used to make such a shot, especially if fired SA. Nevertheless, even at 65 yards, DAMN GOOD SHOOTING.


22 posted on 08/02/2012 6:53:45 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Gaffer

“No gun ranges around where I live that’ll give you more than 25 yards...”

I have my own ‘range’... :)


23 posted on 08/02/2012 6:59:46 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: marktwain

I shoot at a range that has 50, 100, and 150 meter ranges for hunting pistol. Those who use those distances tend to hit targets smaller than a man almost all of the time, although obviously not with a snub nose pistol.


24 posted on 08/02/2012 7:00:37 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

I have access to my BIL’s farm which is plenty big. But ain’t as nice as hitting an indoor range. Chiggers, ticks and skeeters can get mean out there in these dog days.


25 posted on 08/02/2012 7:03:43 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: LevinFan
Seriously, stop shooting everyone for the “crime” of being prepared to protection themselves.

I was witness to an unarmed man rescuing a San Francisco cop, who would certainly have been killed without his help.

When more cops arrived, they severely beat the good guy despite the protests of another witness, and manhandled that witness.

I honestly might have let the cop deal with it himself,...

Fortunately, I was old enough, experienced enough, and wise enough to know what happens to citizens near injured cops and citizens that try to tell cops they are screwing up.

26 posted on 08/02/2012 7:09:24 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Gaffer

“Chiggers, ticks and skeeters can get mean...”

Yup, that is true. But here an occasional moving target (’coon, g’hog, ‘possum) shows itself :)


27 posted on 08/02/2012 7:25:28 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: marktwain
OK so if I understand this right Mr. Honest Citizen fired four rounds from a .357 magnum revolver at a distance in excess of 50 yards and scored four hits, 3 of which happened while he was under return fire from Mr. Psycho.

That's some damned fine shooting there.

28 posted on 08/02/2012 9:01:14 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: marktwain

That took a lot of courage for Mr. Stacy to enter that gun fight and rescue the officer.

Coner need to be put down, but it is not fun being the one he forced into doing it.

Good shooting.


29 posted on 08/02/2012 9:07:09 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: JRandomFreeper
That was a heck of a shot, and I bet there is more behind his making that shot than just “luck.”

I met a guy who once popped balloons with with a snubbie. At 300 yards.

Of course, this guy burns hundreds, if not thousands of rounds of ammo a day practicing - that's what he does. He can also fire a revolver faster than it is physically possible to fire a semi-auto pistol.

In any case, most guns are far more accurate than the people shooting them. If I understand correctly, the length of the gun is about the site radius (and, of course, muzzle velocity). I bet that guy put in a lot of practice with that pistol.

30 posted on 08/02/2012 9:28:36 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Little Ray
most guns are far more accurate than the people shooting them

A Jennings .22 with a loose slide is more accurate than I am, as far as pistols go. Different story with rifles or shotguns.

/johnny

31 posted on 08/02/2012 11:21:50 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Gaffer

25 yards—you must live in town—just kidding.

Last time we went it was out a ways in the country several years ago on private land.

As far as one closer in, I don’t know what the yards are now
but it seems they were more then 25 yards.

Don;t remember much about the setup.


32 posted on 08/02/2012 12:12:37 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's Welfare, Food Stamps, Division and Disability 'Legacy')
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To: showme_the_Glory
I have a CZ-52 pistol,,,that I can easily shoot 100-200 yrds pretty accurately

Sure enough put some fear in someone....

33 posted on 08/02/2012 12:23:40 PM PDT by Osage Orange (8675309)
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To: JRandomFreeper

A Jennings .22 is only good for gouging the web between your thumb and forefinger.


34 posted on 08/02/2012 12:35:00 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: LevinFan

I suspected it would not take long for somebody to come here and start complaining about police. Almost as bad as the DUmp around here anymore.


35 posted on 08/02/2012 1:12:14 PM PDT by squidward
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To: squidward

I suspected it would not take long for somebody to come here and start complaining about police. Almost as bad as the DUmp around here anymore.


Maybe if we didn’t have two incidents if florida in the last month where two men were killed for the simple ‘crime’ of having a gun in their hands during dangerous situations, I wouldn’t make that comment.

But it did happen. Why? Because cops who can’t control their fear and verify the threat. Or recognize that we want to live through dangerous situations too and that a cop’s life isn’t the first priority of all living things.

Some people are loosing their live and don’t even have a gun, just the cop THOUGHT they MIGHT have one.

You don’t like my opinion? Tough. Cops have earned the distrust and hatred they’re getting. Maybe they need to act less like Sheriff Bufford T Justice, and more like Andy Taylor. You’ll get more respect that way.

Have a nice day licking pigs’ boots.


36 posted on 08/02/2012 3:31:05 PM PDT by LevinFan
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To: showme_the_Glory

good shooting!

the article did not read that the citizen also took some fire after putting the first round in the other guy. Put another three in him?


37 posted on 08/02/2012 5:19:15 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Fun for women ages 21 through 35)
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To: squidward
I suspected it would not take long for somebody to come here and start complaining about police. Almost as bad as the DUmp around here anymore.

Police officer since the summer of 1999 and conservative since birth.

What a shame; it's hard to feel sorry for ANY minority group when they're victimizing you....

38 posted on 08/02/2012 5:54:20 PM PDT by papertyger ("And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if..."))
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