Newly released surveillance footage revealed the moment a student became a hero when he tackled a gunman and saved lives.
The dramatic video, released by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, showed how Jon Meis, a student at Seattle Pacific University, attacked the gunman with pepper spray while he attempted to reload his shotgun.
When the gunman fell to the floor, Meis took the gun away from him and took it around a corner. Meis returned to the man, who was fumbling with a knife. Meis tackled the man and held him until helped arrived.
The gunman had just shot and seriously wounded a young woman outside Otto Miller Hall, where Meis happened to be.
The Seattle Times reported that the video, recoded in 2014, was finally released after a contentious court battle. Attornies representing families involved in the case argued that releasing the footage was a violation of privacy.
A King County Superior Court commissioner barred local media outlets from obtaining a copy of the video, but an appellate court overturned that ruling.
Police charged the shooter, Aaron Ybarra, with one count of premeditated first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault, according to The Times. He is scheduled for trial in September.
Watch the altercation below:
This video demonstrated just how quickly events can unfold. Meis’ quick thinking and acting saved lives that day. It was also a reminder of how critical it can be to be prepared at all times.
While the left wants to use events like this to whittle away at the Second Amendment, it has never been more clear that we are living in dangerous times and our need to exercise our right to bear arms and protect ourselves has never been more urgent.
H/T The Daily Caller
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