Officer credited with ending West Webster tragedy talks to News10NBC
Posted at: 02/28/2013 10:53 PM | Updated at: 02/28/2013 11:22 PM
The officer credited with ending the Christmas Eve massacre in West Webster is talking about the ordeal publicly for the first time.
Officer Mark Reed was honored by the Webster Rotary Club for his life saving efforts back in December. News10NBC spoke to him about the shooting. While he spoke in details about the horrible ordeal that claimed two lives. He didn't want to be on camera while he spoke.
He says he started hearing popping noises that morning and while it was too dark to see anything, he says he knew something was wrong.
Officer Mark Reed said, "I ran to my patrol car and grabbed my patrol rifle. And I'm walking back up, still processing what was going on. That's when I caught the muzzle flash and the outline of a dark figure up on the bank - from the glow of the fire."
Officer Reed says at that point he fired at William Spengler, which ended the shooting. Reed says it is still hard to process what he called an "unfair ambush." He say he is humbled by all the people who have donated money and time to help fire and police officers.
More of Reed's quotes:
"My gun battle. I always thought it would be a crazed guy in a domestic and not an unfair advantage and ambush. It is a sick feeling."
"It's humbling to see people donating their time and taking away time from their families to help ours."
"Something like that is hard to wrap your head around. Visually being there and trying to process what you are seeing. You don't think you are seeing what is really going on. It's a sick feeling."