If you missed it, a Marine vet went viral after he goes full John Wick on a group of would-be robbers at a gas station in Yuma County, Arizona.
A group of men walked in, one brandishing a firearm, and before he could do anything, the Marine Corp vet swiftly disarmed the robber, while his buddies ran out of the store like little kids who just pissed their pants on the playground.
The former Marine was able to subdue the criminal until law enforcement arrived.
A SWIFT SOLDIER: The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona said a Marine Corps veteran disarmed a suspect with a handgun during a robbery at a Chevron gas station on Wednesday. Security footage showed the veteran, who was a customer inside, grabbing the suspect’s gun. pic.twitter.com/uuBODrETJO
The hero has since been identified as James Kilcer, who was presented with the Citizen’s Valor Award for his “extraordinary heroism and exceptional courage” from the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week.
Sheriff Leon Wilmot presented Kilcer with the award, which the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office describes as the:
“Highest award for citizens whose actions warrant recognition for extraordinary heroism and exceptional courage while voluntarily coming to the aid of another citizen during an incident involving criminal activity at extreme, life threatening, personal risk in an attempt to save or protect human life.”
According to Fox News, Kilcer described how the situation unfolded:
“I turn around to go and leave, kind of walk out and as I’m turning around I hear the door kind of open real aggressively. At that point, the ‘spidey senses’ tingled a little bit.
I saw two other guys with no other weapons and decided that’s the guy that I’m going to hit.
I was actually going to take control of his head and the gun at the same time, and the bag just happened to be heavy and attached to me and it smashed him right in the face.”
Naturally, Kilcer credited his time in the Marine Corps for giving him the skills necessary to remain calm, assess the situation, and act swiftly to eliminate the threat.