The neighbor gunman who stopped the Texas church shooter on Sunday morning has broken his silence to say through tears that he doesn't consider himself a hero, but that he was just doing what needed to be done.
Stepehen Willeford, 55, embraced Johnnie Lang
Stephen Willeford, 55, confronted Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, as he left First Baptist Church Of Sutherland Springs, wounding him, before he and Johnnie Langendorff, 27, chased him in a car after he fled.
During the 95mph car chase, Kelley lost control of his vehicle and ran off the road, before shooting himself in the head. He called his father shortly before to say he had been shot and didn't think he was going to make it.
Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said Willeford ran out his home barefoot with his rifle and 'engaged the suspect'.
He has since been praised as a hero by churchgoers and police, but, speaking out for the first time since the morning tragedy, told KHBS he doesn't think of himself like that.
'I'm no hero. All I want to stress today, is the people at that church, they're friends of mine, they're family, and every time I heard a shot I knew that probably represented a life.'
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Stephen Willeford, 55, was one of the two men who stopped the Texas church shooters on Sunday, but said he doesn't consider himself a hero
In an interview with KHBS, Willeford said: 'I think my god, my lord, protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done'
Quick-thinking: Stephen Willeford, 55, (left) and Johnnie Langendorff (right) have been praised as heroes after they were able to stop Texas gunman Devin Kelley's rampage
A local resident told DailyMail.com that Willeford, who attends a different church, was first alerted to the shooting when his daughter called him saying there was a man in body armor gunning down church goers during mass.
He grabbed his gun and headed down to confront the gunman.
And in that moment, he told KHBS with tears rolling down his face that he was 'scared to death.
'I was scared for me and I was scared for every one of them, and I was scared for my own family that lived less than a block away.
'I think my god, my lord, protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done.
'And I just wish I could've gotten there faster. But I didn't know, I didn't know what was happening.'
Devin Patrick Kelley (pictured left, and in a mugshot from a previous crime) walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in full combat gear, and began shooting
The local said that while Willeford (right) has no military experience, he is an excellent shot, and when he came face to face with Kelley, he didn't hesitate; he shot in between Kelley's body armor, hitting him in his side
Kelley had opened fire on parishioners during Mass and was attempting to leave the church when keen biker and excellent marksman Stephen Willeford, 55, (pictured) confronted him
Caddel added that Kelley died within a few feet from her boyfriend Langendorff (pictured at the scene). It came after another man shot Kelley after he had left the church