GRAPHIC VIDEO: TX Police Rescue Hostage With Precision Head Shot

By Brandon via

Irving, Texas police were confronted with a bad situation Friday afternoon when an armed man took an employee hostage in the parking lot. A suspect robbed the Cash Store and decided to take a female hostage with him. While outside, he was confronted by police who were ready to act accordingly . . .

The scene was caught on camera by a witness who was in disbelief when one of the officers took action. The move, over in just a second, was a single precision shot to the hostage-taker’s head, sending him to the ground and rescuing the hostage.

“The suspect rounded the corner and put the hostage into a car. At that moment, realizing the hostage’s life was in danger, the officers opened fire – striking and killing the suspect,” according to Irving police spokesman James McClellan.

The hostage was not injured. The suspect, however, was pronounced dead at the scene.


  1. avatar Geoff PR says:

    “Hey man, nice shot… What a good shot, man”

    1. avatar Michael says:


      1. avatar SD3 says:

        I laughed, I cried……no wait…I just laughed!…….

    2. avatar Steve C. says:

      How poignant that there is a mobile LE observation tower in the Walmart parking lot in the background. Clearly a robbery hunting ground.

  2. avatar Dan says:

    Quite obvious Irving police practice more than NYC cops. Maybe that is why Texas has a low crime rate.

    1. avatar great unknown says:

      Helps that their triggers are not modified to make it impossible to shoot precisely, as they are in NYC.
      In this case, there was also the advantage of the criminal being a head taller than his hostage.
      But great shooting, regardless. Wouldn’t be surprised if the shooter was ex-military.

      1. avatar Partigiano says:

        What do they do to NYPD triggers?

        1. avatar CTstooge says:

          12 pound trigger pull

        2. avatar Pascal says:

          Do a web search on “Glock Trigger Spring NY 1” or NY 2. It essentially makes the trigger pull about 12lbs versus a normal 4 or 5lb trigger. And if you want to see how that feels, find a Range with S&W 686 that has not had a trigger job. A 2000 era model out of the box is about 12bs in double action mode.

          If you find one, try shooting it accurately or fast. Not easy.

          In NYC they are more worried about public perception than even officer safety. A negligent discharge is worse than a hostage being killed.

        3. avatar sagebrushracer says:

          they make it stiffer than a 1895 Nagant revolver….

      2. avatar TXGal says:

        Ex ranch kid before ex military service.
        Saw my grandpa take the head off a rattle snake from a litte more distance, his son, my uncle, was just as good.

      3. avatar Skyler says:

        I wonder why you would suspect military experience. Very few people in the military get any pistol training at all.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Cop was using a rifle.

        2. avatar Partigiano says:

          Exactly. After 8 years active duty Infantry, shooting an AR is like riding a bike.

        3. avatar LarryinTX says:

          In 1970 AF, almost no one got M-16 training/qual, dunno about enlisted but officers were 100% .38 Spl trained and qualified.

    2. avatar Tile floor says:

      You’ll generally find cops in more gun friendly states to be much more proficient with their weapons. Most of us in my dept grew up shooting

      1. avatar anomad101 says:

        I’ve always suspected that to be the case.

      2. avatar Sean says:

        Irving Texas also has money for their officers to train more often.

    3. avatar Don says:

      He was shot with an AR, not a Glock.

  3. avatar Marc says:

    One less piece of shit walking the earth…..many more to go.

  4. avatar Paul53 says:

    Just gotta love Texas justice! Lawyer and court costs? Nada. Jail costs? Nada. Ammo costs, bill to perps estate!

  5. That was one movie style bad ass shot that brought to an end the cash store robberies that have terrorized the area.

    1. avatar Jake says:

      Actually, that was a movie style head shot. Much better choice in a hostage situation.

      1. avatar Bill says:

        With the right angle and bullet, you could get both with one shot

  6. avatar adverse says:

    One robber, one shot.

  7. avatar Paul53 says:

    But he was just turning his life around! Wait for the family to get a lawyer.

    1. avatar DanielB says:

      Beat me to it! Yeah just wait for the crazy ass family to come out “He’s a good kid! He din do nuffin!”

    2. avatar Andrew Lias says:

      knocked his mortarboard clean off.

      1. avatar All_is_fair says:

        You wins the interwebz for the day!

    3. avatar Dave Lewis says:

      His grandma will say that he was such a sweet boy. After all he didn’t burn the church down on the one Sunday she dragged his sorry a$$ there. (The lightning strike was just a coincidence). Anyway good shooting and one less scumbag on the streets.

  8. avatar Priest of the center mass says:

    Dont give two sh.ts for the thug, just found myself curious about where the round ended up downrange?
    Nice shot.
    Off like a light switch.

    1. avatar Silo says:

      if it penetrated skull it probably fragmented, not too much energy left coming out the other side.

      1. avatar FedUp says:

        Yes, if it was a .223 hollow point, there are very few fragments left that weigh more than a grain. I hope they don’t load FMJ in their patrol rifles.

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          And in TX, they may know that! In NYC, not so much.

  9. avatar Yeah says:

    Busy highway to be shooting towards

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      If you watch till the end the AR officer had trees behind the guy, not saying the bullet went there but it is possible.

    2. avatar jwm says:

      AR means high velocity light weight projectile. As it’s a police gun probably hollow points and not fmj.

      If I had to take that same shot, freeway backdrop, that’s the round I’d want to make the shot with.

      It’s an ugly situation. But letting the BG get the hostage in a moving vehicle just makes it worse.

    3. avatar anomad101 says:

      Busy highway to be chasing a gunman with a hostage on.

    4. avatar Hannibal says:

      There are times when gunplay is required- civilian or military- and you have to risk the very unlikely collateral damage to avoid the certain direct damage. It’s generally impossible in a real-life shootout to know what is behind your target unless they are helpfully engaging you at a firing range.

  10. avatar DanielB says:

    But, but, he was just about to turn his life around!

  11. avatar CLarson says:

    Patrol Rifle FTW.

    1. avatar ThomasR. says:

      In the hands of the police, a patrol rifle; in the hands of a citizen; an assault weapon, a weapon of war, it’s only purpose is to murder as many people as possible,

      1. avatar anomad101 says:

        We generally don’t do much of that.

  12. avatar andrea says:

    That was my exact thought. An hostage situation with a freeway in the back with people passing without even realising what’s happening there.
    And an associated risk of sending bullets to a passing car. However the policeman took the risk knowing: a. it was needed; b. he knew what hwe was doing.

    1. avatar JJVP says:

      And C – He knew if he missed and hit a passerby nothing would happen to him. Unlike one of us, if we took that shot and missed, hitting an inocent bystander, we would be going to jail.

      1. avatar Hannibal says:

        You don’t get called to a scene to take that shot as part of your job.

        1. avatar Joe3 says:

          You’re right.

          And in San Bernadino, it took the PD 4 minutes to get there.

          SO IF YOU HAD BEEN AN ARMED CIVILIAN IN SB, we guess you’d probably wait for the cops, since it’s not your yob (sic).

  13. avatar ColonelColt says:

    You have to wonder what was directly behind the head of the target, it mostly looks like a freeway. Know your target and what’s beyond it. (this is not a criticism of the cop, just an observation)

  14. avatar FedUp says:

    Can you guys see much of the robber/shooting?
    I can’t.

    After the shot, I’m wondering what the guys standing around holding guns out are pointing them at, assuming the perp is dead on the ground.

    That said, the results are what really count. Hostage not physically damaged, armed robber/hostage taker (perps don’t get any more dangerous than that, unless maybe they’re spree killers) DRT.

    1. avatar Robb says:

      This is an edited version. The one i saw ealier today clearly, well as clear as is possible, shows the shot connect. Check liveleak.

      1. avatar Ebby123 says:

        Link please.
        I try and avoid browsing that site at work… no telling what your search might turn up.

    2. avatar FedUp says:

      Thanks to Tom near Atlanta for the HD video. It clearly shows the cop on the left fire an AR and the impact on the head.

      It also clearly shows the asshole behind the white car cover the hostage with his sidearm until the AR holding cop finally ends the threat by stepping in front of him.

      The guy with the AR performed commendably. The guy crouching behind the white car ‘performed in accordance with training’, which is one of the worst insults I can lay on a LEO.

  15. avatar Detroiter says:

    Nice shot!

    Not trying to fan the anti cop flames here but I Don’t exactly see the hostage being put into the car though: so o question the politically correct statement from the p.d. I’m pretty sure the hostage was the one who appeared to run/stumble away after he was shot.

    Either way: nice shot under pressure

    1. avatar Mk10108 says:

      Should of said, we shot the bastard. Anyone else want to take a hostage, we’ll shoot you as well.

  16. avatar Tom Near Atlanta says:

    Here’s a much better video…

    1. avatar All_is_fair says:

      Nice playback in 1080P and 0.25x speed.
      What you say about 15 yards?

      The BG was nice and tall and he stuck his noggin right out in the open and had some good separation from the hostage. He even stood nice and still for a good few seconds. He won’t do that again.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “He even stood nice and still for a good few seconds. He won’t do that again.”

        He’s going to be “nice and still” for a long, long, time.


    2. avatar Swarf says:

      So who is the guy who pounds on the trunk after the shoot, and who is the wailing woman who comes up to him?

      1. avatar FlamencoD says:

        Do you think it was the dead guy’s parents? The hostage looked like a white girl, def. not black. Seeing your son get shot in the head would be traumatizing.

      2. avatar Nill says:

        Looked like the guy was stuck in one of the parked cars the hostage taker was standing between for cover. Doubt either him or the woman were related to the dead guy since you can hear her saying “Thank you Jesus” when she has him clear of the cars.

  17. avatar Jake_in_AK says:

    Well done that Officer!
    Obviously not the right reaction in every case, but in this instance, using the officers training and knowledge, I’d call that a clean result.
    And ya know what? That perp is going to have a 0% recidivism rate after that attempted robbery

  18. avatar Watts' Twat says:

    Only “down South”, obviously the officer is NOT one of the unqualified EEOC/AA (diversity) hires so common “up North” that couldn’t hit a billboard five feet in front of him/her. Hooray for Texas!

  19. avatar CoolBreeze says:

    “Suspect dead at the scene”. Got a nice ring to it.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      DRT sounds better. Dead Right There.

  20. avatar Dave says:

    I’ve met a bunch of cops from that part of the world over the years. Consistently squared away men/women.

  21. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    I’m glad yer dead!:Joker. Texas rules…NY drools. Ted Cruz roolz…

    1. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      Cruzin’ with Ted tomorrow night!

  22. avatar Ralph says:

    A very justified taxpayer relief shot.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “A very justified taxpayer relief shot.”

      “No trial, no report (well, only a relatively short one, at least at the time when that quote was first made) to file…”

      The character of ‘Inspector Harry Callahan’

  23. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

    Just when I think the police couldn’t possibly be any dumber, they go and do something like this and TOTALLY REDEEM THEMSELVES! (cue missed high five)

    1. avatar Mk10108 says:

      Citizens were served & protected. Blue crew is up a notch in my book.

  24. avatar Mr. Pierogie says:

    Nice shot. I was worried at first about the highway behind the perp, but if you watch in 1080p and at 0.25 speed, the cop had a clear shot and the hostage taker turned away from him while standing still. Nice commentary though. “You dead man, you dead.” Well, he earned it.

  25. avatar Vv ind says:

    Who’s the guy losing his mind that gets comforted by the woman? He seems extra mad. Did he get blood on his car? I couldn’t tell how he’s tied to this?

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      He’s the automotive detailer who’ll have to clean up the car.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        I saw a car where a guy killed himself with a 9mm to the head while sitting in the drivers seat. Once all the legalities were observed the car was sold to a scrap yard. A head shot, thru and thru, creates quite the gore fountain.

        I saw another car where the driver was murdered by a single gunshot wound to the chest. Killer was standing next to drivers window when he fired. Bullet went thru the body, the seat and lodged in the back passenger floorboards. Once all the legalities were observed the seat was replaced and the car sold.

        1. avatar Mk10108 says:

          Internet tip of the day.

  26. avatar Exothermic says:

    maybe a friend or driver of the perp, was part of the holdup?

  27. avatar Joseph Quixote says:

    Nice shooting Tex.

  28. avatar Paul53 says:

    Perp wasn’t too into the abduction. Only took one shot to “change his mind!”

    1. avatar Mark_PAV says:

      You mean “alter” his mind.

  29. avatar jwm says:

    I don’t know what video you sheeple were watching. But the video I just saw shows a .gov sanctioned murder. The victim was on his knees trying to surrender when them jackbooted thugs murdered him and then hired an actor to play his “hostage”.

    1. avatar Paul53 says:

      What state do you practice law in?

    2. avatar Paul says:

      Ha. You funny.

    3. avatar Swarf says:

      I sense a pwrful serge in the force…

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Can I get a high five? 🙂

        1. avatar Robb says:

          *Hand up

    4. avatar Defens says:

      I agree. Very upsetting – should have given us a trigger warning for that video!

  30. avatar AnotherAZguy says:

    You gotta love it when justice is dispensed quickly and all of the good folks walk away unharmed.

  31. avatar Cheepjeep85 says:

    Now that is some gun control that I can support.

  32. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    It didn’t have to end that way, except that, of course it did. These violent criminals put themselves in these situations. They create these situations. They never think it’ll go down like this for them, as it has for so many of their peers, and yet it does. Poor decisions led to this result, but once in this situation, there weren’t many other options and outcomes left.

    1. avatar anomad101 says:

      It didn’t have to start in the first place, but the man started it. I understand what you’re saying, but there is no rationalization with irrational people.

  33. avatar J says:

    Good job by everyone. The other cops kept him occupied. From that angle, you can’t tell what background the officer with the rifle had. Maybe not as dangerous and careless as it appears from the perspective of the guy recording.

  34. avatar 2AMexican says:

    Makes me want to boot-up Counter-Strike gain

  35. avatar f says:

    I wonder what the last thing was that was going through his mind, other than the bullet?

  36. avatar Kevin says:

    That is a great way to de-escalate the situation. One very brief, very instense escalation, and then permanent de-escalated.

    The guy filming twice said “he deserved it” at the very end of the video. Thinks that sums it up nicely.

  37. avatar FlamencoD says:

    Man, 3,100 fps happens quick. Not sure if the human brain responds fast enough to know, for even a split second, that it got hit in a shot like this, or does it literally end instantly.

    1. avatar Accur8 says:

      A good rifle hit to the brain housing group is pretty much lights out.

  38. avatar fishydude says:

    The perp must of thought he was facing NYPD rather that a properly trained shooter.
    Nice free standing shooting.
    Saved taxpayers a at least $1M.

  39. avatar Dan says:

    I’m sure he was a great guy just turning his life around. His grieving family will no doubt sue the city and the police, as criminals always do.

  40. “The suspect rounded the corner and put the hostage into a car. At that moment, realizing the hostage’s life was in danger, the officers opened fire – striking and killing the suspect,” according to Irving police spokesman James McClellan.

    I think the spokesman meant to say…”“The suspect rounded the corner attempting to put the hostage into a car.”

  41. avatar Jimmy says:

    Him taking that shot is awesome,, that is good traning

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Makes me curious, I wonder if an officer has his own patrol rifle, or just uses the one in the car? Back in the day, I would have had no worries at that distance with MY rifle, but if it was some sort of community rifle I would never have fired that close to a hostage.

      1. avatar Ted Unlis says:

        Sure Larry, it probably was a “community rifle” the Irving Officer had to dig out from under the spare tire in the trunk. Too funny. Hate to break the news to you Larry, with the exception of small underfunded Podunk PD’s & SO’s, most Texas agencies either issue a patrol rifle to their officers or allow the carry of personally owned AR’s that must meet strict specs for duty carry. Additionally, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement mandates a patrol rifle training course as well as qualification with iron sights and separately with optics (which are usually Aimpoint, Eotech, & Trijicon) if the rifle is so equipped. Most of the larger well equipped and trained TX agencies like Irving PD not only qualify twice a year or more with patrol rifles, they also provide additional basic and advanced training separate from qualifications, you know, the sort of training cop hating imbeciles drawn to TTAG affectionately refer to as “militarization”. The Irving PD Officer who took care of business used a quality well maintained AR with a quality red dot optic, and more importantly, he knew how to use it.

  42. avatar Tal says:

    Ooooh oooooohhhhh shot him, ooohhhhh

  43. avatar mike says:

    Hear hear!

  44. avatar Rick says:

    Not enough credit is given to our heroes in blue when decisions must be made. You may have taken a life, but you certainly saved the life of the hostage. In our time,the only thing that is for certain is uncertainty.

  45. avatar Tony Drake says:

    Like i always say…”Guns make bad people go away” Forever.

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