The off-duty police officer who shot and killed the knife-wielding Minnesota mall attacker said he is staying out of the spotlight until the investigation is over but is grateful for all the messages of support he has received. Jason Falconer, who has been hailed a hero by many Americans, including the president, went right back to work after bravely intervening in Saturday’s stabbing attack at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, according to local ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV. Dahir Ahmed Adan, 20, began stabbing people at the shopping center; 10 suffered injuries. None of the injuries are life-threatening, authorities said. Falconer shot Adan dead, and authorities believe his quick action saved lives. Falconer said he shot at Adan “to stop the threat.”
he Avon Police Department said in a statement that Falconer has worked as a part-time police officer since 2007, and also works as Avon’s firearms training officer. St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said Monday that Falconer “clearly prevented additional injuries and potential loss of life,” according to The Associated Press. “Officer Falconer was there at the right time and the right place,” Anderson added. President Obama told reporters yesterday that he thanked Falconer on the phone. “I talked to off-duty police officer there, who undoubtedly saved a lot of lives and prevented additional injury. I told him that once again the American people were appreciative of his work and his heroism,” Obama said.
Falconer’s Tactical Advantage, LCC, is a full-service training facility with a firing range, gun rentals, firearms training, and gun sales to law-abiding citizens. Under our current laws, Mr. Falconer and his company are provided some limited legal protections against frivolous lawsuits by the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). Without PLCAA, Falconer—as well as other firearms and ammunition industry retailers, distributors, and manufacturers—could face frivolous lawsuits if a firearm they sold was used in a crime.