David George, pastor of Oakville Assembly of God, has come forward as the pastor who took down the Walmart shooter on Sunday.
Before he intervened, though, George had led his congregation in a prophetic prayer, according to the Chicago Tribune.
George said he had wanted to remain anonymous, not out of shame or regret, but to maintain the “dignity and integrity” of his ministry.
“I acted on Sunday to protect my family and others from the gunman and his display of obvious deadly intent. This is in accordance with both by training as an emergency responder and calling as a pastor, husband, father and grandfather,” he said during a press conference after he was cleared of any wrongdoing.
“I am grieved that the shooter’s reckless actions endangered and hurt numerous individuals and demanded that he be stopped before doing more harm. My family, my congregation and I are praying for the gunshot victim’s full recovery and for all those that are suffering as a result of Sunday night’s tragic events, including the shooter’s family.”