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NRA instructor who stopped Texas killer gives emotional blow-by-blow description of gun battle

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Stephen Willeford, the NRA instructor who confronted Devin Kelley, the gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas church on Sunday, gave an emotional interview describing the gun battle he had with the killer.

But the man responsible for bringing the human carnage to an end insists he’s “no hero.”

“I’m no hero. I am not,” Willeford told 40/29 News, as tears welled up. “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.”

And make no mistake about it, Willeford was scared out of his mind.

“The people in that church, they’re friends of mine, they’re family,” he said. “And every time I heard a shot I knew that probably represented a life. I was scared to death. I was. I was scared for me. I was scared for everyone of them, and I was scared for my own family that just lived less than a block away.”

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Kelley reportedly took his own life, but Willeford was adamant that he wounded the gunman at least once.

“I know I hit him,” he said. “I don’t know where I hit him.”

Willeford described the moment he encountered the shooter.

“He saw me and I saw him. I was standing behind the pickup truck for cover,” he said. “It was surreal to me that it could be happening. I could not believe it.”

When Kelley fled the scene, Willeford flagged down a pickup truck driven by a local resident and gave pursuit.

Willeford recounts the harrowing encounter blow-by-blow in the CNN video below:

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