Army soldier who ran over gunman on bridge gives comments

May 28, 2020 - 2:14 pm

Leavenworth, KS - Master Sergeant David Royer, an active-duty US Army soldier stationed at Fort Leavenworth, spoke to reporters Thursday morning about how he stopped a gunman on the Centennial Bridge the day before by running over the gunman with his truck. 

Master Sgt. Royer was in a line of traffic and saw what was happening.  He said adrenaline and training took over. 

A man was firing a handgun and a rifle randomly on the bridge that links Leavenworth County, Kansas with Platte County, Missouri over the Missouri River, according to police. 

Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens said after the event there didn't appear to be any target, “the person was simply, randomly firing at vehicles as they passed by."

Royer says he hit the gas on his truck and "took out the threat as fast as possible."


One person, another soldier, was wounded and is in a serious but stable condition at a hospital. 

When police arrived they found the gunman under a vehicle.  He was taken to a hospital and is also in a serious but stable condition.  Detectives are looking into the man's history.


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