Concealed Carry Hero Shoots and Kills Terrorist in Minnesota Mall


At a St. Cloud, Minnesota Shopping Mall, Saturday night, a man with allegiances to ISIS committed a series of stabbings to 8 individuals until he was shot and killed inside the mall by an off-duty officer. St. Cloud police.

In a media briefing after midnight on Sunday, St. Cloud police chief William Blair Anderson said an off-duty officer from another jurisdiction, later identified as Jason Falconer confronted and killed the suspect. Chief Anderson then continued about the suspect, stating that he was dressed in a private security uniform and asked at least one victim whether they were Muslim before stabbing them, all the while referring to Allah during the attacks.

Anderson declined to call the stabbing a terrorist attack, saying the motive for the attacks isn't known yet. “We will be diligent and get to the bottom of this,” Anderson said, adding that St. Cloud Police had prior contact with the suspect, but only related to traffic stops.

Anderson added that of the eight people that had been taken to the hospital, all but one had been released at the time of this article's release.

“It's an awful day,” Anderson said, adding that St. Cloud “won't be the same” after the attack.

After the attack, ISIS claimed responsibility saying that the attacker was a “brother” of theirs.

As for the shooting savior, Jason Falconer is the president and owner of Tactical Advantage LLC, a shooting range and tactical training facility with a strong focus on arming concealed carriers. He’s also a former chief of the Albany (MN) police department, and he remains a part-time officer.

On Sunday, St. Cloud Mayor David Kleis said he believes Falconer prevented additional injuries and loss of life.

“Clearly he is a hero. Officer Falconer was there at the right time and the right place.”

“None of us ever want to have to do that,” said Chief Blair Anderson, “but that’s what we’re here for, and Officer Falconer’s actions were swift and direct, and in my opinion appropriate.”

So with that, we see perhaps the truest and most high-profile showing of what a person with proper concealed carry training can do to save a number of people. Officer Falconer is the prime example of doing the right thing at the right time, and lives were saved because of his training and his fortitude.


About Craig Martin

Craig Martin grew up in the unincorporated town of Lewis, Wisconsin. From a young age, Craig was introduced to guns, as he was tasked with defending his backwood home’s wiring from a scourge of red squirrels.

Ever the animal lover, though; Craig couldn’t let these creatures die needlessly. So he would take his kills and leave them for the foxes, coyotes, and bears to eat at a deer feeder his grandfather built around their home.

His lifestyle made Craig understand that guns are a tool and ever since, has spread the word about how firearms are not a menace, like the red squirrel, but an item to help people. He instils this in every article he writes for USA Firearm Training.


  1. John Grimes on September 20, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I can’t wait to hear Falconer’s story from his own lips. I have nothing but respect for his steady nerves and excellent shooting under stressful conditions. It should prompt all of us to go more often to the range for practice and TO ALWAYS HAVE OUR SIDEARM ON OUR PERSON.

  2. monty s, young on September 20, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    if more people would carry ccw then things like this would be stopped.he should have been called a patriot with a legal gun and doing his patriotic duty for his country.
    and yes I am also a ccw carrier,and I would have done the same thing if needed.

  3. Robert on September 21, 2016 at 8:54 am

    This is great and where is the media covering this activity? More American citizens need to carry concealed and take action without dear of retribution when action is justified as in this case.

    Thank you Officer Falconer.

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