Army Veteran Takes Down Gunman At High School Football Game

Patrick Shields took down a shooter at a high school football game and held him until police arrived

Brownsville, TN – An Army veteran is being called a hero when he stopped a shooter at a high school football game Friday by disarming him and restraining him until the police arrived.

Patrick Shields was at a homecoming football game on Friday night to watch his son, Taylor, play in the game.

After the game, Shields and his brother were cleaning up their tailgating area, according to USA Today.

“My brother and I were cleaning up, and we heard a bunch of kids hollering and yelling across the street at Walgreen’s, but we didn’t know what was going on,” Shields said, according to USA Today. “Then we heard sounds like fireworks … like pow, pow, pow. And I looked over there and saw the flame coming out of a pistol, and a bunch of the kids were running toward us.”

Shields saw the shooter had the gun in his hand. He said it looked like the gunman was aiming for one person but Shields couldn’t tell who was the target.

Shields, who served in the Army for 22 years and currently is in the National Guard, immediately took action.

“I grabbed him by the arm that was holding the gun and pulled him toward me and threw him up against the fence,” Shields said, according to USA Today. “Then I grabbed him by the back of the shirt and got him on the ground.”

Brownsville Police Assistant Chief Kelvin Evans was headed in that direction and arrived to put handcuffs on the suspect.

"Mr. Shields quick thinking saved many lives," said Chief Barry Diebold of the Brownsville Police Department, according to USA Today.

Demetrius Harper and Cameshia Murphy were both shot during the incident, according to the police report. Harper was hit twice in the back and Murphy was shot in the foot.

They have since been released from the hospital.

The shooter was only identified as a 16-years old male.

He is charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. He is being held in a juvenile detention center, according to USA Today.

Comments (21)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

This guy is a hero. Most people would run in the opposite direction but not this guy. Well done, sir.

gdmn2find8
gdmn2find8

Thanks to the veteran hero who saved the lives of others. Unfortunately this story may not be publicized because no one was killed and there was someone there to stop it before it had a chance to get worse. There are more good people out there than bad and we have to do what we can to protect one another.

JBo
JBo

That's what heroes do. Cops and military run toward the gunfire. Firefighters...into burning buildings. Emergency Medical Responders...towards the victims. Where do we continue to find people like this?

Ggokc3
Ggokc3

Thank you for stopping him before he killed someone. I'm thankful the 2 he shot ae going to be ok physically

GMMiller
GMMiller

We need more heros like this man.

Sailor
Sailor

Great citizen and soldier. Am so grateful to him and his service to our nation.

angeleyes
angeleyes

Great job to the veteran, doing what heroes in blue and out do. why juvenile detention, should be in big boy jail. do adult crime, do adult time.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

This is what veterans are trained to do. Thank you sir for you years of service, and for saving those lives like you did. Well done !

cspcapt
cspcapt

excellent, our well trained military

bronx163
bronx163

Awesome job. Now thats a heroic sheepdog. Hoo ra. You did a great thing sir. True American putting your life on the line for others. True warrior.

sizzle937
sizzle937

Funny MSM didn’t say squat about this

Marine 3500
Marine 3500

Way to go Army. You're training saved a lot of life's.

t-man
t-man

Well done sir! But this was not ‘at’ a high school football game...after the game maybe, across the street starting at a Walgreens.

investigator
investigator

Thank you Sir!!!!!

Oldlefty56
Oldlefty56

A hero becomes an even greater hero. My hat’s off to you, Sir!

FuzzBall44
FuzzBall44

Another teenage thug with a gun. Thank goodness this hero was there to help!

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

OMG....Why didn't we hear about this in the news....And what a brave man....this punk shooter could've turned the gun on him....hope they charge this idiot big time!!!