Off-duty border agent steps in as multiple people are stabbed inside Midland Sam’s Club

Texas

Suspect disarmed by off-duty Border Patrol agent

File- This Feb. 23, 2018, file photo shows shoppers leaving a Sam’s Club in Pittsburgh. Walmart’s Sam’s Club is teaming up with several health care companies to offer discounts on everyday care its customers might delay or skip because of the cost. Starting early October, Sam’s Club members in Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, will be able to buy one of four bundles of health care services ranging in annual fees from $50 for individuals to $240 for a family of up to six members. The pilot program could potentially be rolled out to members in all the states, says Lori Flees, senior vice president of Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — An off-duty Border Patrol agent stopped a possible mass stabbing Saturday evening at a Sam’s Club in Midland, Texas.

U.S. Border Patrol officials said an off-duty agent was shopping when a man with a knife began assaulting several people, including two children and a Sam’s Club employee.

The agent identified himself as law-enforcement and drew his firearm, which prompted the man to drop the knife, authorities said. The agent and Sam’s Club employee who was stabbed in the incident held the suspect until Midland police officers arrived at the scene.

“The quick action of our agent ended this shocking situation and clearly saved multiple lives,” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said. “I’m proud of our agents as they are valuable members of our communities. This is another example of how we protect America.”

The circumstances around the incident are currently under investigation by Midland police. The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Jose Gomez, was taken into custody. Two victims are in critical condition and the third is in stable condition at a Midland-area hospital.

Gomez is charged with three counts of attempted capital murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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