John Lally was in the right place at the right time to save a Houston Police Department (HPD) officer who had been shot in the leg on the Southwest Freeway on Saturday morning.
Wearing a body camera, Lally captured footage of bullets flying past him as he dragged the injured officer across the freeway and behind a truck.
According to HPD Chief Troy Finner, the 29-year-old officer is expected to make a full recovery due to Lally’s heroic actions.
Reflecting on his experience, Lally remarked that he feels he was put in this position for a purpose.
“I just kinda ran over there, and I grabbed that guy with the other police officer. Me and him, together, we grabbed him by his vest so he wouldn’t get shot again,” Lally said.
Lally stayed with the wounded officer, trying his best to provide some comfort as they waited for paramedics to arrive.
“‘It’s just your leg. It’s just your leg, you hear me? Just squeeze my hand as tight as you have to. Do you know what I’m saying? Don’t worry, I’m here with you,'” Lally can be heard saying in the video.
Finner remarked at a press conference Saturday afternoon that this exemplified the community’s ability to come together for a common goal. He noted that one of the officer’s family members contacted him to express their gratitude.
“(The good Samaritan) has had trouble with law enforcement in his life, but (Saturday), he and a few other citizens, along with our officers, when that officer went down, they pulled him to safety,” Finner said. “I want to celebrate that. “
“A truly reformed individual is a person that we can use (as an example),” Finner said. “He stepped up.”
The police chief announced that the department will take the time to formally thank and acknowledge the carjacking suspect who passed away at the hospital after engaging in a shootout and crashing into several vehicles.
Furthermore, police reported that he had attempted to carjack other drivers after his initial crash on the freeway.