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Man killed at Wal-Mart called a hero

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LAS VEGAS -- The man who was killed when he attempted to stop Jerad and Amanda Miller from taking more lives in the Wal-Mart store is being hailed as a hero.

Joseph Wilcox, 31, was legally carrying his own concealed handgun when he was shot.

"To the family of Joseph Wilcox, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department sends our deepest condolences. He died trying to protect others. His death is completely senseless," Sheriff Doug Gillespie said during a Monday news conference.
Wilcox was at Wal-Mart when Jerad Miller entered the store and fired a shot announcing "this is a revolution."  Police say, Wilcox told his friend he was going to confront Miller. 

"He had his gun on him. He worked his way towards the gunman and next I hear, I start hearing gunshots," said Jeremy Tanner, Wilcox's friend.

What Wilcox didn't know is that Amanda Miller was behind him with her own gun.

"He did not realize Amanda Miller was with Jerad Miller and passed her directly. As soon as he began to confront Jerad Miller, Amanda Miller removed her firearm and shot him one time," Sheriff Gillespie said.

"I don't even think he ever saw it coming," said Debra Wilcox, his mother.

Amanda Miller shot Wilcox before he could fire any shots.

The family is mourning the loss of a young man who loved his family and is being hailed by police as a citizen hero.

"No one has to tell me that. He wanted to be a police officer. I begged him many times, don't do it," said Debra Wilcox who feared if her son became a police officer, he could die in a shooting.

Wilcox's sister, CJ Wilcox, said the family is still trying to process what happened. She called her brother brave.

"I'm proud of him and I also wished he hadn't done it cause he'd still be here."

An account has been set up to help Wilcox's family with funeral expenses. People can make a donation to the Joseph R. Wilcox Memorial Fund at a Wells Fargo Bank. The account number is 8485852688. 

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