Reformed criminal saves Houston officer when he finds himself in the middle of a shootout: Video

A Texas man who had a history of being on the wrong side of the law found himself being called a hero and praised by police officers.

Former criminal John Phillip Lally went full good Samaritan when he risked his own life to save an injured police officer, jumping into a shootout amid a car chase on a Texas freeway.

“John Lally was driving on Houston’s Southwest Freeway around 10 a.m. Saturday when he found himself in the middle of a shootout between a carjacking suspect and multiple police officers. He saw one of the officers, identified as 29-year-old Officer J. Gibson, get shot and didn’t think twice before rushing to the rescue,” KTRK reported.

Lally, who has a criminal record from prior run-ins with the law, even managed to document the chaotic scene as he recorded everything.

Officers were reportedly in pursuit of a 19-year-old suspect who had allegedly stolen a car when he crashed into several other cars. He allegedly shot at Gibson as the officer approached his vehicle, giving commands. Lally pulled over to help at the scene of the crash and found himself in the middle of the gunfire.

“As soon as I jump out of the car there’s gunshots going off. Then I looked to my left and saw that cop get shot,” the 40-year-old said.

“That’s when I grabbed that cop by his vest and dragged him all the way back to my work truck,” he told Fox 26 in Houston.

He stayed with the injured officer, holding his hand and talking with him while others helped apply a tourniquet to Gibson’s leg. The five-year police veteran was expected to fully recover and Lally is being hailed as a hero.

Lally is the CEO and owner of Real Deal Wreckers, a Houston-based T-shirt company, according to Daily Mail.

“He has a long history of criminal charges in both Texas and Tennessee – the latest one being over two years ago,” Daily Mail reported. “The charges range from aggravated assault to theft of property as well as narcotic use and weapon possession.”

“People make mistakes, but a truly reformed individual is a person that we can use,” Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said at a press conference after the events last Saturday. “He stepped up and other citizens stepped up, and I don’t want that to get lost.”


As for the carjacking suspect, he died of injuries sustained from multiple gunshot wounds after attempting to flee police.

“Police say the suspect got into another car, then got back out, and attempted to get into a second car. Police say five officers shot at the suspect, who was hit multiple times,” Fox 26 reported.

“It sucks that people got injured and even the man who caused the whole thing lost his life, but I think a higher power knows what they’re doing,” Lally said.

Lally’s video also showed him checking on some of the other victims of the carjacking crash.

“If y’all see somebody that you can help, help them. That’s the main moral of the story,” he added.


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