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Neighbor threatens suspect with AR-15 to stop knife attack

AR-15: The Gun Behind So Many Mass Shootings

The AR-15 assault rifle is commonly used in mass shootings in the United States. Here's a closer look at likely reasons why. CREDIT: The New York Times
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The AR-15 assault rifle is commonly used in mass shootings in the United States. Here's a closer look at likely reasons why. CREDIT: The New York Times

A man witnessing an armed fight between two neighbors stopped it by threatening to use an AR-15 in Oswego, police say.

Dave Thomas, of Oswego Township, saw the knife attack and went to grab a gun to stop it, according to a report by WGN-TV.

"I ran back into my house and grabbed my AR-15. I grabbed the AR-15 over my handgun — bigger gun, I think a little more of an intimidation factor. Definitely played a part in him actually stopping," Thomas told WGN-TV.

Police said Thomas has a firearm owner's identification card and a concealed carry permit.

The AR-15 assault rifle is commonly used in mass shootings in the United States. Here's a closer look at likely reasons why. CREDIT: The New York Times

The suspect in the stabbing ran off but was caught, police told the Chicago Tribune. The stabbing victim was taken to the hospital, but his condition was not known early Tuesday morning.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535, @MaryCooleyBND

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