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REDEMPTION: Former Criminal Saves Policeman's Life By Shooting Policeman's Assailant

mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator

In a story of true redemption, a man who had once been convicted of a felony for theft but later turned his life around by finding God saved a policeman from likely death when he shot and killed the policeman’s assailant.

On January 12, Thomas Yoxall, a photographer who had lost his gun rights when he was charged with theft in 2000, later gaining them back when his case was pleaded down to a misdemeanor in 2003, awakened in Arizona, ready to drive to Anaheim, California, for a conference.

Driving along I-10 at roughly 4:30 a.m., he saw a patrol car sped past him. Yoxall recalled later, "I was thinking, not a good way to start the morning with someone getting pulled over.”

Miles later, Yoxall saw Arizona state trooper Ed Andersson, who had been shot in the shoulder by Leonard Penuelas-Escobar, 37, vainly attempting to retrieve his Taser as Penuelas-Escobar kept striking him in the head and pounding his head into the pavement.

Andersson had been paralyzed in the right shoulder by Penuelas-Escobar’s last bullet; Penuelas-Escobar had been shooting at motorists, which is why Andersson had arrived at the scene in the first place. Andersson said later the bullet that hit him was "one in a thousand. A half inch to my right it would have missed me. A few inches to my left, it would have hit my vest."

Andersson said, "I kicked him into the fast lane hoping that a car would come by and hit him.” He rolled onto his right side, shielding his weapon from Penuelas-Escobar. He said, "I knew if he got my gun it'd be all over right then.”


Andersson later recalled, "I hear a voice ... ask me if I needed help. I said 'yes, I do.'"

Responding to Yoxall, Penuelas-Escobar screamed, "Shut up!"

Yoxall said he moved to his left to make sure Andersson was not in the line of fire. Andersson said, "The next thing I hear is two shots.” Yoxall’s first bullet hit Penuelas-Escobar in the chest; the second hit him in the head, killing him.

The helicopter Andersson summoned for the woman wound up taking Andersson to the hospital. Andersson needed over 100 stitches and staples.

REDEMPTION: Former Criminal Saves Policeman's Life By Shooting Policeman's Assailant

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.


  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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