FORT HOOD, Texas - After acting quickly to subdue a gunman who discharged a firearm outside a barracks here , four Brave Rifles of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment were presented with Army Commendation Medals on Feb. 23 for their actions.
“I’m really impressed with the decisive action they took, as well as the courage that it took to rise to that moment,” Col. Kevin Bradley, the regimental commander, said about the four Soldiers under his command.
On the evening of Feb. 6, Ricardo Davila-DeJesus is alleged to have discharged a .45 caliber pistol near the 3rd Cav. Regt. barracks before being subdued and disarmed by Spc. Anthony Marinelli, Regimental Engineer Squadron; Spc. Hayden Allen, Regimental Engineer Sqdn.; Staff Sgt. Luis Liendo, 4th Sqdn.; and 2nd Lt. Hayden Lewis, 4th Sqdn.
After hearing gunshots from their barracks rooms, Marinelli and Allen went to find out what was going on, when they followed the alleged gunman outside. Realizing it was dark and the alleged assailant did not see him, Marinelli went around some sheds in the open field, approached from behind and subdued Davila-DeJesus. After Allen disarmed the suspect, Liendo and Lewis, who were on staff duty at the time, arrived on scene and helped subdue him until military police arrived on the scene.
“There wasn’t a whole lot of time to think, it was just a natural reaction to try to stop the situation,” Lewis said. “We wanted to just neutralize it as quick as we could.”
Bradley believes the quick actions of his troops helped save lives, which is why he wanted to reward them for their bravery in the face of danger.
“They could have ran for cover, but they didn’t,” Bradley said. “They moved to that individual and secured the weapon.”
The suspect was indicted and charged with aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon. He remains in federal custody pending a hearing. A detention hearing was scheduled for March 16 to determine if the suspect will receive bail. Jury selection is expected to begin April 19 in Waco, Texas. If convicted, Davila-DeJesus faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
“The Directorate of Emergency Services would like to commend the actions of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment Soldiers who ensured the subject was disarmed and detained for law enforcement,” Col. John Curry, commander of the 89th Military Police Brigade. “Their quick actions ensured the safety of countless other Soldiers, families and civilians on post.”