Deverick Woodfork, a devoted husband and father, was with his family when he was forced to make the split-second decision to defend himself and his loved ones against an armed attacker. Moments before the attack, Deverick, his wife, and his two sons under the age of 3 pulled into the parking lot of a local flooring store. He removed his keys from the ignition of his van and exited the vehicle, reaching to hook his keys to his belt. He heard a man’s voice demanding he hand over his keys; as Deverick turned around, he was greeted with a Glock aimed directly at him.
Before Deverick had a chance to respond, or even fully process what was happening, the stranger began firing at Deverick, shooting as he closed the distance between himself and Deverick and his family.
The attack took place in broad daylight during rush hour. Deverick’s family was trapped inside the van while the armed assailant emptied his weapon in Deverick’s general direction. The shots could have penetrated the metal of the van, potentially killing his wife or two sons. This situation is a father’s worst nightmare.
Deverick fired four shots from his Glock, which was loaded with hollow point ammunition. Two of his bullets struck the attacker—one in the leg and one in the chest—successfully stopping the threat. The attacker fired several rounds, and although he peppered the vehicle with gunshots, he missed Deverick and his family entirely. The attacker fled the scene after Deverick’s successful self-defense acts.