Retired LEO Uses Two AR-15s to Stop Armed Carjacker

What is that saying? One is none and two is one? Right?  LOL.  (Photo: KOAA 5)

A retired law enforcement officer is credited with using two AR-15s to stop an armed carjacker in Douglas County, Colorado last Monday.

Authorities say 51-year-old Wesley Mattox shot 28-year-old Austin Benson with his rifles after Benson pointed a gun at the former Alabama cop, telling him to get him water and that “the law was after him.”

The encounter occurred at a campsite where Mattox was staying with his wife, reports KOAA 5.  Benson had pulled up after stealing a car in El Paso County, driving it around Rampart Range Road, and shooting out the window at passing cars. Thankfully, no motorists or bystanders were injured.

Instead of bringing Benson water, Mattox returned with an AR-15. Taking cover behind the stolen Mazda sedan, Mattox instructed the suspect to drop the gun. Benson refused and instead opened fire, at which time Mattox returned in kind.

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Benson took off driving and crashed into a tree. After firing a few more rounds at the assailant, Mattox retrieved another AR from his truck believing he was out of ammo. He shot one more round at Benson and then watched for movement. There was none.

When police arrived they found that Benson was shot multiple times with wounds to the arms and face. Police took Benson into custody, charging him with six counts of attempted murder.

Neither Mattox or his wife were wounded in the incident.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Siz July 27, 2018, 4:40 am

    A classic New York Reload.

  • run 3 online July 26, 2018, 11:29 pm

    This great AR-15, it helped the police block the attacker

  • Just1Spark July 14, 2018, 11:12 am

    What is the point in mentioning the guy is a retired cop?

    Title should say “ARMED CITIZEN Uses Two AR-15s to Stop Armed Carjacker”. Period

    Do govt agents, and retired govt agents, have more rights than private citizens?

  • Howard C Sewell July 13, 2018, 7:29 pm

    In combat, you carry as many weapons as you can to effectively defend yourself and the soldiers with you and as much ammo that you can carry and keep up. You never want to not have enough ammo. Thank God this man took action, he probably save more lives then we will ever know but we know if he had not been an x law enforcement officer he would have been handled very differently. The average citizen would have been put in the judicial system and had to prove justification for the shooting. I still thank God that this man took the action he did and it was a blessing that he was a law X Law Enforcement Officer for all the folks around him and his family during this incident.

  • Chuck B July 13, 2018, 4:22 pm

    Ryan…..I agree with that but my caliber of choice is 458 SOCOM from an 8in barrel. Shoulder shots rip off arms, thigh shots rip off legs…..center mass shots cancel birthdays….off course, only in self defense!

  • Mike Watkins July 13, 2018, 1:09 pm

    This retired officer stopped a bad guy, one who had already committed serious crimes, and some of you guys are really going negative on him?

    You all have experience fighting an armed criminal, and have all done a better job of it, right?

    You basement internet commandos need to get off your computers and go ask your Moms to fix you a sammich. Obviously suffering from some mental issue, it could be as simple as low blood sugar. THEN COME BACK WHEN YOU’VE GOT A LITTLE MORE SENSE AND APOLOGIZE.

  • J. Smith July 13, 2018, 12:11 pm

    The one is none, two is one mantra does not mean carry two rifles to combat. This story is like the movies where the good guy shows up with like 8 pistols on him. How about just bringing extra mags?

    Anyone ever heard of reloading?

    But, hey .38, .39 whatever it takes, one less terd sack roaming freely to prey on society.

    We salute you Sir, job ell done.

  • Charles Lemak July 13, 2018, 12:04 pm

    I don’t understand all the negativity about bringing 2 ARs camping. When I go camping, it is usually in the national forest where target practice in a safe area is part of the fun of being out. I always bring my own firearms, and my wife brings hers so we don’t have to share, hence 2 firearms or more. This retired officer stopped a dangerous criminal. By whatever means he accomplished this, we should all be thankful, not critical.

  • Wayne Roberts Sr. July 13, 2018, 11:26 am

    This guy needs to be given credit for being prepared to defend himself and his family. It doesn’t matter why he had 2 AR’s. When confronted by someone who is armed and showing that violence is their intention, you do whatever to defend your family and yourself including shooting until the threat is stopped.

  • Vaughn Winslett July 13, 2018, 11:05 am

    Love it.

  • joefoam July 13, 2018, 9:20 am

    Wait, I’m being led to believe that the AR-15 is only used to kill innocent school kids. This has to be fake news

  • Cyrus July 13, 2018, 7:55 am

    . . . so if I am reading this correctly, he goes camping with 2 AR’s? I’m thinking if I was going camping a hand gun and extra magazine and perhaps a shotgun would suffice, unless actually hunting then I would bring a hunting rifle. Maybe he hunts with his AR and needed the extra one for his wife or girlfriend? I don’t know – the whole story is really weird.

    • Mark Are July 13, 2018, 9:02 am

      Maybe he is like some other folks I know and doesn’t go anywhere without a rifle near by. I mean after all, you have no idea where you might be when some nutcase active shooter sticks his head up. At that point, your pistol is a secondary weapon to a good rifle.

    • Adam July 13, 2018, 9:05 am

      So you don’t travel with an AR? You don’t sound very prepared. This guy brought TWO AR’s to a gunfight. You also sound like you have never been camping.

    • Warsaw Wizard July 13, 2018, 2:48 pm

      Cyrus, I don’t think having an AR15 for both he and his wife is weird at all. It’s probably their hunting/defense weapon of choice. You, on the other hand, prefer a “hunting rifle” and hand gun. Now, that being said, I did not read anything in the article about hunting. KOAA is a camp ground and some, that I have been to, have excellent shooting ranges. Just maybe they were camping and intended to do a little range practice. In this case they had a moving target. Now, my weapon of choice is a 50 cal. Barrett and a colt 1911 but, I’m just an old retired grunt.

      • Mark Are July 13, 2018, 7:09 pm

        Aren’t those Barrett’s a bit bulky, especially for an old retired grunt?

      • Dave July 17, 2018, 10:10 am

        AR15 is commonly used as a “hunting rifle”

  • Tar Heel Realist July 13, 2018, 7:09 am

    “After firing a few more rounds at the assailant, Mattox retrieved another AR from his truck believing he was out of ammo…”

    One is none, two is one…

  • Andy Buckmichael July 13, 2018, 6:57 am

    Now we know why this useless cop is no longer a cop.

    • Adam July 13, 2018, 9:01 am

      Oh please, give me a break. The article said he was 51 and retired. He probably did his 20 years and got out so that he wouldn’t have to deal with idiots like yourself.

      He brought 2 AR’s camping – that sounds like bring prepared. He also able to stop the bad guy, something all current, employed officers were unable to do.

    • Mark Are July 13, 2018, 9:03 am

      HUH? He retired, that’s why he is no longer a cop.

  • Dr Motown July 12, 2018, 1:38 pm

    WOW! Must’ve been a private property campsite or he could get charged with bringing weapons into a state park by some overzealous DA. And how many shots did he fire in order to think he was “out of ammo?” Was it a CA-compliant “small capacity magazine” or just poor shooting? Surprising to hear that the perp survived. Would love to hear more details when/if they’re ever revealed.

    • Zupglick July 13, 2018, 4:06 am

      5.56 “Barbie” gun rounds were designed to wound, not kill.

    • Jimmy Russell July 13, 2018, 9:25 am

      Colorado has 15 Rd mag limit you cuck.

    • Ryan July 13, 2018, 2:34 pm

      He also falls under LEOSA which allows him to carry 50 state legally. I don’t know about y’all, but the rifle I carry in my truck is legally an AR pistol. I still have increased round count and range while allowing me to still call it a pistol.

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