Man who Stopped Mass Murder in Arkansas found Justified

Image screenshot from 5newsonline.com video, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten. Rifle believed to have been used to stop the murder.

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- The man who shot and killed Zachary Brian Arnold on 15 May of 2021, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Wallace A. West, was justified in the shooting, according to Sebastian County Prosecutor Dan Shue.  The incident was covered by AmmoLand previously.

More facts about the incident have been revealed. Wallace fired two shots, not one, as previously assumed. He missed the first shot. It was revealed Arnold had fired 93 shots when he was shot and killed by West. From nwaonline.com:

West, identified in the Police Department news release Wednesday as an off-duty employee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, woke to the sound of gunshots, Shue wrote. He ran outside and saw Arnold shooting into Hicks’ apartment.

West then grabbed a bolt action rifle, which was scoped and loaded, from his gun cabinet, stepped onto his balcony and fired once at Arnold, missing him because he was “shaking so badly,” according to his witness statement.

Arnold turned and fired several rounds at West.

Arnold went back into his apartment, presumably to reload, and he came back outside, Shue wrote. He began walking down the complex, rifle in hand, according to West. West took a second shot, which struck Arnold in the head and killed him.

The article reports that West was an “off-duty employee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security”. It is unclear if West was a sworn officer or another employee. The Department of Homeland Security employs a great many people, about 240,000. It is unclear how many are sworn officers, probably less than half.

West was acting as an armed Samaritan when he shot Arnold, who had become mentally unbalanced. Arnold had previously served in Afghanistan and suffered from PTSD. This was a tragedy for both families.

When a sheepdog goes rabid, to use the popular analogy, they have to be put down.

That seems to be the unfortunate case with Arnold. An armed Samaritan was willing to step up and do what was necessary, under fire. We owe Wallace A. West a debt. It is highly likely he stopped more unnecessary killing.

This correspondent prefers the term armed Samaritan to sheepdog because it implies a Christian duty to defend the innocent. An excellent book on the subject was reviewed on AmmoLand in 2017. The moral implications are for all people. In the Samaritan story, the Samaritan was not a Christian. He was not even considered Jewish by the local elites in Jerusalem.

It remains to be seen if the FBI will include this incident as a mass murder stopped by an armed member of the public (citizen engagement, in FBI parlance). There is reason to doubt they will.

Researcher John Lott examined the FBI classification of various active shooter incidents. When Jack Wilson stopped the attacker after two members of the West Freeway Church of Christ were murdered in White Settlement Texas, it was not listed as a case of “citizen engagement” by the FBI.  The FBI claimed this was not “citizen engagement”, because Jack Wilson was a voluntary member of the church security team. Therefore, according to the FBI, it was not “citizen engagement”, but law enforcement/security.

Lott makes the case the FBI has a bias toward minimizing the importance of armed Samaritans in stopping active shooters.


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 retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

Dean Weingarten

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Jeremy B.
Jeremy B. (@dr_j_paintballhotmail-com)
3 months ago

Dean, I typically adore your articles but this one has a bit that rubs me the wrong way. “This correspondent prefers the term armed Samaritan to sheepdog because it implies a Christian duty to defend the innocent”. If I recall correctly, From my Lutheran upbringing, Samaritans weren’t known for their compassion. This is why the man is called a “good Samaritan”, because he was exceptional. So was West. But do you even know if he was Christian? Or more appropriately, Jewish? Do Christians, or Jews, have a monopoly on doing good? Even Samaritans can create a kind and righteous citizen!… Read more »

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Finnky
Finnky (@finnks)
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeremy B.

I have an LGD. She is a sweet dog who loves to cuddle. However as a sheepdog she also has an overwhelming instinct to protect. There is no decision whether or not to act, she has no choice. For those who are compelled to act despite their own self interest, sheepdog may well be a better term.

Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75 (@neanderthal75)
3 months ago
Reply to  Finnky

LGD are indeed breeds unto themselves! They are unlike any other breeds on the planet because of their deeply inherent instincts, which go far beyond average breeds! Great Pyrenees, Akbash, CAS, Turkish Box, Gampr (amazing), and one that looks a lot like a poodle but I can’t remember the name right now! For those that are not familiar with LGD breeds, I do not mean a lap dog, I mean something that’s about 2 to 3 times larger than a standard bread poodle. The Gampr and the one that looks like a poodle are not for first time owners I… Read more »

Bill
Bill (@navy-cwo)
3 months ago

Not surprisingly, the FBI is picking and choosing statistics so as to support the attack on the Second Amendment by our own government!

ThunderDog
ThunderDog (@thunderdog7)
3 months ago

After reading the article, tears began to roll down my cheeks. Yes, Wallace did what needed to be done, immediately, during a critical situation, something that most civilians wouldn’t do or couldn’t do. My tears were also for Arnold. PTSD, was Arnold under VA care. And if so, what type of care was he receiving. Or did the VA do the usual and prescribe a mess if downers and anti-depressants say ” see you in 6mos.” after barely a glance at him?

JSNMGC
JSNMGC (@jsnmgc)
3 months ago
Reply to  ThunderDog

I didn’t shed one tear for Arnold.

As he sometimes does, “This Correspondent” left out details that don’t look good for the former government employee. You have an internet connection – it’s not hard to look up the rest of the story.

Your jab at “civilians” is noted. If a veteran had not decided to murder an 87-year-old woman, no one would have had to shoot him.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC (@jsnmgc)
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

When he made the conscious decision to take illegal recreational drugs and refused to take the drugs that were prescribed to him, and then made the decision to murder an 87-year-old woman, I kind of lost the urge to “thank him for his service.” The U.S. needs to engage in far fewer foreign adventures that do nothing to “protect the freedom of those who didn’t serve.” The U.S. needs a much smaller, much less woke, much more effective, and much less expensive military. The U.S. military needs to find a way to improve their ability to weed out the people… Read more »

Finnky
Finnky (@finnks)
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Strongly agree with call for less expensive military. Our ongoing expenditures on the military are one of the strongest factors in us becoming militarily weaker. A robust economy supports a strong military. Excess expenditures on the military weakens the economy. Excess expenditures on military R&D divert intellectual resources from economic activities. Yes military research has civilian spinoffs, but not as much as those resources could if allocated efficiently through capitalism. We have harmed our civilian R&D, our manufacturing capabilities (shutting non-competitive facilities), destroyed our educational system, and bred a country of whiny-sniveling-innocents with no motivation to work and all attention… Read more »

Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75 (@neanderthal75)
3 months ago
Reply to  Finnky

I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings my good man, but the Red Chinese Navy is now superior to the United States Navy in Warship numbers, munitions, age of warships, anti-ship missiles, surface to air missiles, age of aircraft, and number of personnel on fighting vessels. They are also in the lead for the most advanced ballistic missiles, anti ballistic missile systems, and I won’t even go into the Small Arms issue that’s just a cotton-picking nightmare all the way around! While the US navy, marines, army, and Air force, are being indoctrinated with critical race theory, Red… Read more »

Finnky
Finnky (@finnks)
3 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Would like to add that Wallace is a civilian. Unless he is currently in the military – he is a civilian.

Government employees do not have a right to claim some special status for their ‘service’ – despite most LEO attempting to do so.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  ThunderDog

“I doubt you know anything about drugs when you say ‘downers.’ 
They ARE depressants.”

Nit-picking nit-wit comment. What do you think he means by downers? Of course he means depressants. Good grief.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Oh BS. Loads of non-drug-abusers use the word downers.

DonP
DonP (@donp)
3 months ago
Reply to  Russn8r

People who live in glass houses…

hoss
hoss (@hossgreen2000)
3 months ago

I applaud anyone that serves. That being said, just because he served doesn’t mean he was a sheepdog. There are all kinds that serve, and some are nothing more than scumbag criminals!

Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75 (@neanderthal75)
3 months ago
Reply to  hoss

I understand your sentiment, and I agree with you and a generalized sense. However, it does not seem that in this case the deceased was a thug, a criminal, or scumbag; he seems to have been someone who just had too much pressure in his head from what he had seen and or done, and the safety valve wasn’t able to give him relief so he exploded. I like to give everybody the benefit of the doubt until facts prove otherwise. The reason I do this is because I myself would like to be given the benefit of the doubt… Read more »

Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75 (@neanderthal75)
3 months ago
Reply to  hoss

Fighter jets are not fueled by gravity my dear fellow, turbines are force-fed high flow rates of jet fuel, and they are designed to fly inverted: it’s a part of learning to dog fight at high rates of speed.

And I would love to see somebody with the balls to fly under deception Pass bridge, multiple times, as I looked up from that small dock in that cove where I would be fishing for smelt with my multiple hook rod.

You can get really great smelt out of that cove.

Cheers from the oil patch in Central Wyoming

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  hoss

More self-glorifying delusional nonsense. What the hell’s a “gravity fuelled (sic) attack aircraft”, by the way?

Finnky
Finnky (@finnks)
3 months ago
Reply to  Russn8r

“Gravity fueled aircraft” are more commonly known as “bombs”.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  Finnky

Thanks but that’s not what Jean-Lloyd Schartre’s bloviating about.

OlTrailDog
OlTrailDog (@oltraildog)
3 months ago

When a sheep dogs goes rabid, put the owner down too for being an irresponsible SOB. If you have ever had the misfortune to care for a pet who dies from distemper, parvo, or rabies you know what I mean. No excuse at least in this country. I adopted a rescue border collie who had contracted distemper prior to being vaccinated by the shelter. I know, way off topic, but that inane analogy torched me off. So make me proud and give it a thumbs down.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill (@deplorable-bill)
3 months ago

The man was right to stop the murderer. I would hope that anybody placed in the same situation would also stop the murderer. You won’t find any of the innocent people who were there being threatened and shot at complaining. The man deserves a medal for stepping up and doing what obviously had to be done. It’s sad we have not heard about this situation on the evening news but that is common these days. There are many times when a good guy with a gun has prevented or stopped a mass shooting. I am glad you wrote this up… Read more »

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago

Yep. Risking one’s life to save or free another should be honored.

Yet some condemn the “War of Northern Aggression”, defecating on the memory of “the tyrant Lincoln” & 100s of 1000s of Northerners who gave their life & limb to free slaves from oppression, mutilation & murder.

Slavery: Bad for me, ok for thee…especially if thou art black and slavery would’ve supposedly ended someday anyway.

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FORD Will
FORD Will (@willford)
3 months ago
Reply to  Russn8r

THE CIVIL WAR STARTED OVER TAXES,STATES RIGHTS not JUST slavery STUDY SOME your IGNORANCE SHINES!

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  FORD Will

States’ “rights” to own slaves. Millions of Yanks wouldn’t’ve fought, suffered, got maimed & died for anything less. CAPS & EXCLAMATION POINTS don’t hide your ignorance.

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Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75 (@neanderthal75)
3 months ago
Reply to  Russn8r

He is not the one wallowing in ignorance, that would be your collar to wear! Apparently all you can see is skin color so you’re right there with blm and antifa, and the rest of the nut jobs who worship at the altar of racism and skin color. Like I said, and like you still can’t answer, the reasons for the war between the states were myriad; slavery was second or third on the list. And I know that it sticks in your craw that you cannot come up with some lie to derail the historical fact that Lincoln the… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Neanderthal75
Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  Neanderthal75

More claims & numbers from Uranus. “Slavery was 2nd or 3rd on the list.” Which is it? 2nd or 3rd? And prove it. Name & prove the others in order, not “1st & 2nd or 1st & 3rd or 2nd & 3rd”. Prove those reasons motivated millions to back the war, serve, suffer, get maimed, die. Still waiting for you to: * prove slavery would’ve “only” lasted “10-15 yrs max” (10 max, or 15?), then everything’d be hunky dory for “former” slaves. * say you & yours would’ve traded places with slaves if it was over 15yrs or they remained… Read more »

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Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75 (@neanderthal75)
3 months ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Just more gross ignorance from you yet again! You are a prime example of someone who loves to wallow in their own personal ignorance, which they base on nothing more than sheer emotion: just like BLM and antifa so you are in great company! I pointed out lots of specifics, left other specifics out because I’ve already given you a crap load of information which any honest person would have done some Google, bing, or duck duck searches if they were actually interested in the subject matter at hand, but that’s not you! You’re just another hyperactive troll who is… Read more »

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  Neanderthal75

More racist hand-waving. No proof, no econ models, can’t even name the other 2 alleged top-3 issues, let alone in order.

Millions of Northerners volunteered to fight to free the slaves, but you focus on one riot led by racist whites who burned down black orphanages & protestant churches, murdered blacks etc.

Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75 (@neanderthal75)
3 months ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Take your charges of racism and put them where the sun death never shine you lackluster BLM troll!

I stated facts, you apparently are too stupid to do your own research and I don’t do slave labor for dishonest people like you!

Do your own due diligence BLM troll!

Cheers from the oil patch in Central Wyoming

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  Neanderthal75

“BLM troll!…I stated facts. Do my homework!”
LOL.
Crickets Chirping…Chirp…Chirp…Chirp…

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  Neanderthal75

Crickets Chirping…Chirp…Chirp…Chirp…

Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75 (@neanderthal75)
3 months ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Do your due diligence O Whiner; trolls get no slack from me!

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  Neanderthal75

Doesn’t work that way, genius. YOU made the claims, YOU back ’em up. Just pulling numbers out of your ass.

Neanderthal75
Neanderthal75 (@neanderthal75)
3 months ago
Reply to  Russn8r

It works this way for me because you’ve proven yourself to be just another dishonest BLM troll!

Too much of a coward to address the three northern states that held slaves with business as usual for two years after Lincoln did his emancipation proclamation!

You won’t get anywhere near that fact will you a Lincoln worshiper!

Try again BLM troll!

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  Neanderthal75

LOL. Weak “BLM troll” deflection & moral equivalence fails – classic leftist M.O. You know Lincoln had to tolerate some temporary continued slavery during the war to end slavery for good.

Translation of your version: “The ‘War of Northern Aggression’ was wrong because it wasn’t perfect.”

Justifying NYC race riots is soulless & callous, like your claim from Uranus that letting your next door neighbors continue enslaving your fellow Americans was ok because it’d “only” be another “10-15 yrs max” (plus they’re black, YOU’RE not the slave, no sweat if Uranus is wrong).

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Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Another weak screed.

Whining about 50k drafted when millions of Northerners served?

With no WWII draft you’d be a subject of the former-USA annex of the 1000-Yr Reich.

If we had a draft today, the citizenry wouldn’t tolerate the World-Nanny Military Industrial Complex invading, occupying & “nationbuilding” everywhere, or still subsidizing & basing troops in wealthy countries like Japan, ROK & Germany.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Deflection & hand waving. Slavery was clearly the main issue; you confederacy apologists can’t name the others, or won’t since it would be embarrassing for you. No other issue would’ve motivated millions to back the war & serve for the N.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Whining about 51k drafted when millions served. If we’d had no draft in WWII you’d be a subject of the 1000-yr Reich. If we’d had a draft these last few decades we wouldn’t have let the World-Nanny M.I.C. occupy & “nationbuild” every dump on the globe or keep subsidizing & stationing troops in countries like Germanay, RoK & Japan which are in far better economic shape than we are.

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Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Superficial moral equivalence smear of Ulysses S. Grant noted. The slaves were his wife’s family’s. From 2 years before the war, he owned no slaves. “The use of slaves on the farm…was a source of shame to Grant. Jefferson Sapington told me he & Grant worked in the fields with the blacks. He said with glee, ‘Grant was helpless when it came to making slaves work.’ Mrs. Boggs corroborated: ‘He was no hand to manage negroes. Couldn’t force them to do anything. Wouldn’t whip them. Too gentle & good tempered and besides he was not a slavery man.’” -Hamlin Garland,… Read more »

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Wolf44
Wolf44 (@soldier44)
3 months ago

Bill, I don’t normally write or post on the stories here but when I see something that is inaccurate I am obligated to say something. You’re wrong that this story was not on the local evening news. It was here in Michigan. In fact they even had video of the incident after the shooting was over.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill (@deplorable-bill)
3 months ago
Reply to  Wolf44

Wolf, I still have not seen this on the news out here in Az. I am glad it made the news all the way up there, it certainly deserved it. It’s a rare day when any good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun even get’s mentioned. I am sure it happens on a regular basis but no mention of them in the news. I think that people’s eyes might be opened if the truth were told. It would sure put a kink in biden/harris/pelousy’s side.

Arm up and carry on