Citizen Vic Stacy was presented with a certificate of valor by Brown County Sheriff Bobby Grubbs who described him as a hero that hot Sunday afternoon, July 29, 2012. Grubbs stated that Stacy saved the life of Early Police Sgt. Steven Means as he responded that day and possibly many more lives that day.
"We won't ever know how many lives Vic saved that day. This is a classic example of why we need to have arms," said Grubbs who referred to the second amendment right to bear arms.
Grubbs explained that 67-year-old Stacy shot gunman Charles Conner, who also lived at the RV park, from about 166 feet with a Colt .357 pistol.
"He's a pretty good pistol shot and did a fantastic
Stacy stated that he would do it again if placed in the same situation.
"If I run onto this problem again, I'd do the same thing. It's a hard decision to pull that trigger, but God was with me and we took care of him," said Stacy.
Early Police Chief David Mercer also thanked Stacy stating, "We don't know what would have happened, but we are grateful."
After the presentation, Stacy said that he was honored to have received the award.
"I was happy to receive this award, but I didn't do it for any award,
I did it because it was the right thing to do," said Stacy. "The last
thing I thought was, he's going to kill this guy (Sgt. Means). This is a
young guy who probably hasn't been on the force very long, probably has
Stacy said that Conner had a history of words with everyone who lived at the RV park and that he met Conner's sister when she came sometime after the shooting to retrieve his belongings. He explained that she told him the family hadn't spoken to Conner in years, and that they had tried to get him some "help," but that her family didn't have hard feelings against Stacy for shooting her brother.
"It was hard, but I'm getting over it and I'm going back to church now," said Stacy. He stated that he had never been in the military or seen anything like this situation before. "I didn't sleep for three nights, I just kept replaying it in my mind," he said.
Stacy's son Don of Duncanville came to the meeting to support his dad as he received the honor.
Pictured above are Deputy Sheriff Bobby Duvall, Vic Stacy, and Brown County Sheriff Bobby Grubbs after the award presentation. Pictured below are Sheriff Grubbs, Stacy and EPD Chief David Mercer during the presentation.
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