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Woman shot career criminal shooting into crowd at West Virginia graduation party

An unidentified West Virginia woman is hailed a hero after she pulled out a gun and fatally shot a man who was shooting into a crowd of people celebrating a graduation and birthday party outside a Charleston apartment complex.

The incident happened Wednesday night, after Dennis Butler, 37, was confronted by revelers for speeding through the resort while children were playing in the area. Police said Butler was agitated when he left the scene and shortly after returned with an AR-15 type rifle, which he began firing at dozens of people at the party. The woman, who was attending the party, shot and killed Butler.

“This lady was carrying a legal firearm, a law-abiding citizen who ended the threat of probably killing 20-30 people,” Charleston Police Department Chief of Detectives Tony Hazelett told reporters Thursday. “She initiated the threat and stopped it. She did not run away from the threat. She hired him, avoiding a massive loss here in Charleston.


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Butler was the only casualty, as no one at the party was injured. No charges will be brought against the woman. She and several witnesses waited for the police to arrive and cooperated with investigators.

“She’s just a member of the community who was legally carrying her gun, and instead of running away from the threat, she engaged in the threat and saved several lives last night,” said Hazelett. He added, “She did the right thing. I don’t know if anyone else would have done this.

The incident came just a day after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Uvalde massacre police have been criticized for waiting in a hallway outside adjacent classrooms where the shooter was locked in for more than 45 minutes – even as desperate children repeatedly called 911 to get help from inside the rooms.

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Butler had a “extensive” a criminal history, according to police, including two felony convictions, which makes it illegal for him to own a firearm. He also reportedly had a history of dropping charges in some cases because witnesses refused to testify against him. For example, he was accused of shooting and whipping a woman with a pistol in 2016, but the case was dropped for lack of witnesses willing to testify.

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