Staff Sgt. Charles Allen Judge Jr. and Sgt. 1st Class Jonathon Michael Prins were shot and killed as they to the rescue of a stranger on Sunday in Lexington County, South Carolina. The woman was running from a man, identified as Joseph Elijah Mills, 25, of Little Mountain, South Carolina when the soldiers attempted to come to her rescue.
Allen Judge Jr., 40, and Jonathan Michael Prins, 29, ‘were acting as good Samaritans when they were shot’ in Sunday’s double killing, police said.
The tragic event occurred early Sunday morning outside the Frayed Knot Bar & Grill on Dreher Island Road. Justin Brooks, owner of the Frayed Knot, told reporters that he saw Mills “kicking and hitting” the woman on the ground until a group of people pulled him off of her and then Mills shot several times into the air.
The victim then fled to the pier to which Mills followed her and continued the attack. Staff Sgt. Charles Allen Judge Jr. and Sgt. 1st Class Jonathon Michael Prins then ran out to try and peacefully resolve the matter but were shot and killed by Mills who then fled the scene only to be captured hours later.
"When [Judge and Prins] get in within two feet of him—they both have their hands up trying to talk to him—and he just shoots them in cold blood," Brooks said. And then just walks off like nothing happened. Walked off like he was shopping at Walmart, right down the aisle. Put a shirt over his head so people couldn’t see him and just walked right off.
"They are definitely heroes," he added.
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