Dallas officer praised for stopping Walmart gunman

The swift action of a Dallas police officer stopped a gunman who opened fire in a busy Walmart on Tuesday night.

But Senior Corporal Cassie Dotsy said she didn't do it alone and also thanked the shoppers who stepped in to help. Dotsy spoke in front of the media on Thursday and admitted she’s not used to the attention she’s been getting.

"I just did my job," Dotsy said.

Tuesday night she stopped to write a report in a Pleasant Grove Walmart parking lot when she suddenly heard gun shots and saw customers running.

"I knew then something was really, really wrong,” Dotsy said.

She saw a man with a gun and he fired off two more rounds. That's when ten years of training kicked in.

"I saw the citizens running. I saw kids. I heard shots and I just reacted to what I say is natural when you're in the profession that I'm in,” Dotsy said.

She confronted the gunman -- chasing him through the parking lot, taking cover behind cars and demanding he drop the weapon. 

As soon as he did, customer Julio Garza stepped in. He said another shopper tried to take the man down, but couldn't. That's when he tackled the shooter to the ground.

Corporal Dotsy was quick to credit the help from the shoppers

"I would have thought that they were former police the way they were in there,” Dotsy said.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Police arrested Marcus Booker, 36, for the shooting. He's charged with aggravated robbery.

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