WARNING: The following video contains graphic images some readers may find disturbing.Wednesday on X, formerly Twitter, prominent conservative commentator Collin Rugg noted the hero’s unusual background. “Lally, who has a long criminal history, lives in Houston and is now a business owner and CEO of a T shirt company called Real Deal Wreckers,” Rugg wrote at the end of a lengthy tweet. Along with this tweet, Rugg posted a clip that featured a more uncut version of Lally’s camera footage. In this clip, a KTRK reporter described the incident while still allowing viewers to hear audio from the shootout. Viewers could also hear an interview with Lally, though the hero did not appear on camera.
WARNING: The following video contains graphic images some readers may find disturbing.
Both Finner and Rugg cited Lally’s history of trouble with the law. And therein lay much of this story’s appeal. Imagine, for instance, a headline that read, “Police Officer Runs into Shootout to Save Life.” We would praise the officer’s courage. Otherwise, we would think nothing of it. After all, police officers do those things. When an “ex-convict” does it, however, a new element enters the story. We do not expect people who do bad things to suddenly start doing good ones. So we look for details. My own attention fixed on phrases like “trouble with law enforcement” and “long criminal history.” This stemmed, I think, not from morbid curiosity about Lally’s past crimes but from the honest thrill of witnessing redemption. And that tells me something. For instance, it suggests that I understand the value of redemption and thus crave the feeling of seeing it unfold. It also confirms that in this story I identified not with the police officers but with the ex-convict. On a universal scale, we might call someone with a “long criminal history” a “sinner.” Christianity teaches me that I, like all sinners, have run afoul of law enforcement. And I need redemption. Happily, stories such as this serve as a reminder that God has given me the ability to recognize that need and then to do something about it.
NEW: Ex-convict John Phillip Lally ran towards gunfire to save the life of a police officer who was shot in a shootoutThe incident happened on Highway 59 in Texas during a gun fight between police & a carjacker. Lally, who found himself in the middle of the shootout, noticed… pic.twitter.com/WdO1z3xcRm — Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) November 15, 2023
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