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Early, Texas shooting highlighted in book about guns and self-defense

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Feb 07 2014 07:23:21 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 10 2014 08:13:58 AM CST
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

A Brown County man who was honored for his heroic actions during a 2012 shooting in Early is being recognized once again. This time, he is being mentioned in a book.

Chris Bird is the author of the second edition of "Thank God I Had a Gun, True Accounts of Self Defense." The book consists of 17 stories about ordinary people who have used firearms to protect themselves against "the bad guys".

One of the stories features Vic Stacy, the witness who helped Early police take down a gunman at the Peach House RV Park back in July of 2012. The gunman had already shot and killed a couple when Stacy heard what was going on. Stacy arrived to see the gunman shooting at Early Sergeant Steven Means. Stacy and Means fired back at the gunman who eventually got hit and died at the scene.

"I thought that he deserved all the credit for becoming involved and possibly saving the life of at least one police officer," said Bird. "If the guy who was doing the shooting had managed to kill one police officer, he'd probably have tried to shoot others as they arrived."

Bird said he heard of Stacy's story through a retired FBI agent whom he knew and decided to include it in his collection of stories. In fact, Stacy's story is the first chapter of the book.

"It's not often that a civilian will come to the aid of a police officer and in that way."        

Stacy was honored by the Brown County Sheriff's Office with a certificate of valor. He was also presented with a rifle by Governor Rick Perry.

Bird will be at Hastings in Brownwood on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a book signing.