AR15-type Rifles Used to STOP Shooting Spree, Carjacking & Attempted Murder

AR15-type Rifles Used to STOP Shooting Spree, Carjacking & Attempted Murder
AR15-type Rifles Used to STOP Shooting Spree, Carjacking & Attempted Murder

Arizona -( – On 2 July, 2018, a little after noon, on Rampart Range Road in El Paso County, Colorado, a carjacking attempt was reported to the El Paso County Sheriff’s  Office. The event escalated into a crime spree with numerous gunshots fired at innocent people.

Twenty-nine year old Austin Nelson has been identified as the suspect doing the shooting, threatening, and driving. He was stopped by an armed citizen in the Devils Head campground. From

On July 2, 2018, at approximately 12:20 pm, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a Motor Vehicle Theft in Progress in the 9000 block of Rampart Range Road.

The victim reported they were traveling on Rampart Range Road when they were flagged down by a white male approximately 20-30 years of age, standing next to a blue Mazda station wagon with a blown rear tire. The victim sped away from the scene when they observed the suspect was in possession of a firearm.

The suspect then re-entered his vehicle and proceeded to drive northbound on Rampart Range Road. While driving on Rampart Range Road, the suspect encountered two other victims who he menaced with a weapon. According to second victim, the suspect shot in their direction. The third victim stated the suspect pulled the trigger on the firearm but it did not discharge.

The suspect continued driving and shooting at passing vehicles. He ultimately stopped near Devils Head Campground and approached an unsuspecting camper with a rifle. A confrontation ensued when the suspect pointed the rifle at the camper and the camper returned fire.

The armed citizen at the Devils Head Campground has been identified as 51-year-old Wesley Mattox, from Alabama. Mattox used Benson’s gunpoint demand for water to arm his wife, get her under cover and access an AR15 type rifle. Mattox then demanded Benson disarm and give up.  From

Mattox told Douglas County deputies Benson pointed a rifle at him and told him to get him water and that “the law was after him.” Mattox then said he returned to his camper, where he armed his wife with a handgun and grabbed an AR-15.

Mattox told deputies he took position behind the Mazda and said he told Benson to drop the gun. According to Mattox, Benson swung the rifle toward him and began shooting at him and the camper while driving away.

Mattox said he moved away from his truck to draw fire away from his camper, where his wife was hiding. Benson began driving and hit a tree, where Mattox said he shot one to two more shots after hitting the tree.

Mattox told deputies he thought he was out of ammunition in his rifle, so he retrieved a second AR-15 from his truck and took up position behind a tree behind the Mazda. Armed with the second rifle, he watched the car to see if Benson moved, which he did not.

The Manitou Springs Police arrived in short order, and took a wounded Benson into custody. Benson had been hit several time in the face and arm.

It is common for people in a gun fight to be wounded in the arms and hands, because those are what are holding the weapon.

Benson survived the ride to the hospital and is expected to recover. Police found a loaded handgun in Benson’s vehicle. They found the rifle he had been firing.

Good guy with a gun Mattox did not approach the truck to investigate. He allowed responding officers to do that. There might have been grave consequences if he did so. Benson might not have been completely disabled. Given the conditions, the rifle likely fell from Benson’s wounded arm/arms outside of the vehicle he was driving. He still had access to the loaded handgun inside the vehicle.

People, especially high on adrenalin (or other drugs such as meth or alcohol), can take enormous amounts of punishment and still function. Citations of actions that result in the awarding of the U.S. medal of honor are full of incidents were people were severely wounded, but continued to fight.

If you think a few wounds from a 5.56 x 45 are always disabling, people have been hit with numerous rounds of 7.62×39 and kept on fighting, killed enemy soldiers, and survived.

The AR15 style rifles were exactly the sort of right instruments to stop the shooting spree before it resulted in the wounding and death of innocent people. The rifles are light, handy, easy to use, and have sufficient magazine capacity for a gunfight such as Mattox and Benson were involved in. They are ideal militia weapons and self defense tools.

Wesley Mattox had retired as an Alabama police officer. At the time of the shootings, he was another armed citizen, defending himself, his wife, and other innocent bystanders.

Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Ansel Hazen

Might be fun to target local news outlets with a letter to the editor type thing detailing the circumstances of any of these occurrences. Just to see if they get published.


Why do we never hear of these statistics anywhere on MSM? Much worse than gun problems.

Annual United States Road Crash Statistics

Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year
An additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled
Over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year
Nearly 8,000 people are killed in crashes involving drivers ages 16-20
Road crashes cost the U.S. $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person
Road crashes are the single greatest annual cause of death of healthy U.S. citizens traveling abroad

Piper Colt

Many years ago returning from a hunting trip, I was forced off the road by a car load of thugs. When I stopped to confront them at the end of the dirt road, they advanced my vehicle with large knives and chains. I had thought that perhaps they thought that they knew us, my friend and I, but I believe that they were up to no good. Like I said, we were coming from f hunting and our rifles and a shotgun persuaded them to get back into their vehicle and depart, which they promptly did. Sure glad that I… Read more »

Buck Cassidy

So Mattox is a retired Alabama police officer. But on that day, just another citizen protecting himself and his wife. You betcha! With the government permission slip in his pocket for retired police to carry anywhere he wants. Where’s our’s?

Matt in Oklahoma

No such thing for the rifle thus the equality as stated in the article.

Larry Postlewait

So, I live in Colorado Springs, never even heard of this encounter on the news. So much for impartial reporting from the MSM. We all knew this, of course.


The media will NEVER report positively when a LEGALLY owned/carried and applied gun is used to save a life, or group.
It doesn’t lend to their hype and lies needed to lather up the libs and Dems… The media is a bought and paid for arm of the left………… FACT.


Now if he had done that in New Jersey he’d be on his way to prison both for having the audacity to ‘shoot back’ and for being in possession of those evil black rifles.


Not to mention the felony count for being in possession of ANY firearm without their special Mother May I Card they call a Firearms Owner’s Identification card. It takes about six weeks to get one, IF yuo live in that wretched place. If you are not an NJ resident, they WILL NOT issue one to you. Added felony count for each hollow point round found in your possession, whicih would most likely have put his Wife in prison for longer than he, because SHE had the handgun.

WHEN will the court case that busts open New Jersey finally get here?

Tim dickey

Screw jersey and as for my so called black guns I have none because they are all specially cerakote painted beauties. Damn Yankee snowbird dim wit Democrat stay out of the state of TEXAS


Of course not. That wouldn’t serve their agenda.

Mark Zanghetti

Great reporting, these kinds of stories are important because 97% of the country have no idea that situations like this even happen. Thank you Dean!


It doesn’t fit their preferred narrative, so the legacy press spiked the story. One wonders how many OTHER stories the agenda-driven Fake News industry is spiking, distorting, or falsifying. And not just stories involving guns.

Matt in Oklahoma


Reginald E Hafner

This was never reported in the local press.


The Presstitutes of the LameStream EneMedia are loath to report anything that supports our second Amendment. They are the offspring of Nazi Germany’s Josef Goebbels and of the Soviet AGITPROP machine – un-American to the hilt!


Of course not. The media doesn’t want any press about successful self-defense. Particularly by those using ‘evil black rifles’.

VT Patriot

If they had reported it, headline would have been “Young college student studying to be a minister shot in campground by gun carrier”. Now, where do I apply for a news job?