Security footage has been released from an incident that took place earlier this year, showing how a heroic volunteer firefighter put an end to an armed suspect’s rampage.
The shooting took place in June in the Washington city of Tumwater, when 44-year-old Tim Day stole his girlfriend’s revolver in Olympia- and proceeded to go on a violent crime spree.
The convicted felon -who was prohibited from owning firearms- initially tried to steal a car, but fled the scene and later crashed his own vehicle into another car in Tumwater.
Day attempted to steal several other vehicles, opening fire on one and striking 16-year-old Danner Barton in the thumb.
Low on ammunition, Day went into a Walmart and made his way to the ammunition sales cabinet, shooting the glass so he could procure more ammunition. Reloading his revolver without resistance, he fled for the doors, not realizing two armed citizens- including firefighter and pastor David George.
“I carry a firearm for the same reason that I carry a first aid bag, hoping never to have to use them, but always being prepared nonetheless,” George told local media back in June.
Unfortunately, he would have to use both on that fateful day- and it was all caught on film.
Watching Day try to steal another car and shoot 47-year-old Rick Fievez of Tacoma, George -who is a pastor, firefighter and firearms instructor with a permit to carry- knew what had to be done.
“When the gunman began threatening another person for the use of their car, I moved in order to have a safe shot at the gunman,” George recalled. “He entered the vehicle, which I considered an ever bigger threat, and I fired to stop the shooter.”
Killing Day with several well-placed shots, George then began treating Fievez. He would survive, but is now paralyzed from the neck down.
Watching the surveillance footage, Barton told KING5 that he is thankful that George and another armed citizen were at the Walmart.
“It was cool to see there were people there willing to sacrifice their lives to go help stop this guy,” said Barton.
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