This off-duty police officer was in the right place at the right time. And even though calling 911 would have never saved the man’s life who was being stabbed, it’s a good thing this off-duty cop was carrying a gun.
Sgt. Jackie Moore has been on the force for 15 years working with the Dallas Police Department. She was off-duty and had just parked her car in a parking lot just before 10am when she heard a woman screaming across the street.
A few minutes before that moment Vincent Cortez, 45, was at work and noticed a man trespassing on the company’s property. The intruder had somehow jumped the fence.
According to local media reports, Cortez asked the man to leave and a female employee helped him escort the intruder off the property. But that’s when the man took out a knife and started stabbing Cortez. The woman screamed for help and ran to call 911.
Sgt. Jackie Moore arrived on the scene after hearing the screams and drew her gun, demanding that the man drop the knife. But instead of dropping his weapon the man began to move towards the officer and that’s when Moore fired several shots, striking the attacker multiple times.
Later identified as 26-year-old Codi Bullard, the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
Reports said that Bullard had served in the military and was homeless at the time. He was looking for some parts to steal from the demolition company.
Cortez was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery. His injuries are non-life threatening but it is still unclear if any of his injuries will leave permanent damage.
Thanks to a brave woman with a gun Cortez is alive today. If he had to wait for the police to show up after the employee called 911, this would have been a very different story.