US 59 driver hailed a hero after pulling Houston police officer to safety following shooting with suspect

By | November 14, 2023

HOUSTON – A Houston man is being hailed as a hero after springing into action and pulling an injured Houston police officer to safety after being shot in the leg.

John Lally said he was driving on US59 near Chimney Rock when he found himself in the middle of a shootout between HPD and a carjacking suspect Saturday.

Lally told KPRC 2 he saw Officer John Gibson, 29, get shot.

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“I saw him get shot, and I knew he got shot because he tied himself to the ground, then he tried to get up, then tied himself up again.” , Lally said.

Lally said his mission was to make Officer Gibson as comfortable as possible.

“I said I wanted to let you know everything is going to be okay, the officer already put a tourniquet on your leg,” Lally said. “I knew he was in pain, and I know that when you’re in that type of pain, just having someone talk to you and be there with you and hold your hand is probably going to take your mind off a lot of that stuff. “

According to Lally, the shooting lasted about 10 minutes.

The carjacking suspect was shot several times and died at the scene.

Lally is grateful to have been in the right place at the right time.

“I hope I don’t have to do it again, but if I had to, I will and I encourage anyone who can help anyone to continue to help people,” Lally said.

Officer Gibson is expected to make a full recovery.

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