The off-duty police officer who successfully stopped the Minnesota mall attacker is a competition shooter and member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The officer, Jason Falconer, shot and killed 22-year-old Somalian Dahir Adan when he attacked innocent people in Crossroads Center Mall with a knife, even though a sign forbid patrons from brandishing “firearms or illegal weapons.”

St. Cloud Mayor David Kleis told MPR News the fact that the off-duty officer happened to be shopping there and was carrying his gun at the time prevented more serious injuries and even fatalities.

“Clearly, he is a hero,” he told the Minnesota outlet. “He was the right person, at the right place, at the right time.”

Bearing Arms reports:

Falconer is the president and owner of Tactical Advantage LLC, a shooting range and tactical training facility with a strong focus on arming concealed carriers. He’s also a former chief of the Albany (MN) police department, and he remains a part-time officer.

But Falconer has consistently been identified in the mainstream media only as as a “former police chief” and  “off-duty police officer.”

“[Falconer’s] goal is to teach individuals the mindset, knowledge and skills needed to be successful with firearms in order to secure their personal safety or that of their family; at home or in public,” his biography reads. “As a firearm training professional, he continuously researches and develops new curriculum and training methods to make the experience for his students the best they can get.”

Nine people were ultimately injured in the likely terrorist attack, and it could have been worse if not for Falconer’s actions. A news agency linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group claimed that Dahir Adan was “a soldier of the Islamic State.”

Because of Falconer’s efforts and concealed carry permit, many were saved at the Minnesota mall.

 

(H/T: Bearing Arms)

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