On Sunday, August 26, 2012, Charles Conner shot and killed two of his neighbors and their dogs with a firearm. Sergeant Steven Means responded to the call reporting the shooting. He was fired upon as soon as he left his police car.
Means took cover behind his cruiser and returned fire with his AR-15. He was unable to get a clear shot on Conner as Conner was behind a tree with a better sight advantage.
A neighbor, Vic Stacy, armed himself and went outside. He saw Sergeant Means was pinned down and he moved to a spot where he had an opportunity to shoot Conner in the thigh from 165 yards. Conner was distracted and was shot by Stacy three more times from that distance.
Sergeant Means along with Stacy were then both able to fire several more times until Conner stopped shooting. As a result, Conner died.
The police in Early, Texas as well as the residents in the area are calling Vic Stacy a hero for saving the police officer’s life.