Man Who Took Down Antioch, TN, Church Shooter is Honored in Home Town of La Vergne

The hero credited with saving lives when gunshots rang out at an Antioch church, was recognized by city of La Vergne.

Robert “Caleb” Engle, 22, was at the monthly Mayor and Alderman meeting Tuesday to receive a special honor.  In front of his family, city, county and state leaders, Mayor Dennis Waldron proclaimed Oct. 4th as “Caleb Engle Day” in La Vergne.

“We’re proud of him and we want to recognize what he’s done,” said Mayor Waldron. “In my eyes, he’s our hero.”

Mayor Waldron said Engle graduated from La Vergne High School and his grandmother and father both served as city employees. He said it was an easy decision to recognize him.

“We just want to say thank you for helping save the lives of so many people,” said Mayor Waldron.

Engle didn’t address the crowd after receiving a certificate from the Mayor. He also opted not to talk with reporters. He previously has said he doesn’t consider himself a hero.

However, Metro Police have called Engle a hero for his efforts to stop the shooting that occurred at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ on September 24. He confronted the gunman, Emanuel Samson, and was pistol whipped during the confrontation.  He then used his own gun to hold Samson until police arrived. One woman was killed and six other were shot at the church.

Engle’s arm was still in a sling when he stood in front of the crowd.

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SOURCE: Emily Luxen 
News Channel 5 Network