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Former Police Chief, now Gun Store Owner Takes Down Terrorist in St. Cloud, MN

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by InTheLight, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. InTheLight

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    A man wearing a security guard uniform strode into the St. Cloud, Minnesota mall just after 8 p.m. Saturday somewhere near Sears. He flashed a knife “big enough to hurt someone,” police said, and apparently asked one of his would-be victims: Are you Muslim?

    In the ensuing minutes, police say, nine people were stabbed in the Saturday night attack at the Crossroads Center mall. Their attacker was ultimately shot and killed by an off-duty police officer.

    Authorities in St. Cloud called the stabbings a “potential terrorist attack,” citing the incomplete investigation at the sprawling crime scene. They say the assailant, who has not been identified, made a reference to Allah.

    Off-duty officer Jason Falconer — who works part-time in nearby Avon, Minn. — was squaring off against the suspect, authorities said.

    Falconer “was there at the right time and the right place,” St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis said.

    Falconer is a gun instructor and a former police chief in Albany, Minn. He owns Tactical Advantage, a gun store and range that also offers classes for people to qualify for Minnesota’s conceal and carry permit.

    One of the classes Tactical Advantage offers deals with the use of deadly force against armed subjects, according to its website. The classes help students “hone their skills and (makes) them ready for the real world.”

    Kleis that final altercation between Falconer and the stabbing suspect was captured on a mall surveillance camera.

    Falconer “identified himself as a police officer and you actually see (the suspect) going down by command then immediately lunging toward the officer,” Kleis recounted.

    “The officer then fired a few rounds,” Kleis said. “You see (the suspect) fall, you see him get back up, three times. Even after (the suspect was fatally shot) he was still attempting to get back up.”


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