Arizona’s ex-Marine turned hero when he stopped an armed robbery attempt. The 14-year-old assailant demanded the gun back. 

James Kilcer, 32 years old, has been making the rounds ever since his act of heroism, which was captured on video and broadcast on national and local news stations, was broadcast.  

Kilcer was on his route to Yuma County Sherriff’s Department and stopped at a convenience shop in a Chevron gasoline station. 

The ex-Marine spotted someone walking in the door holding a gun and acted immediately. 

Yuma County Sheriff’s Office surveillance video shows Kilcer lunging at the suspect. He has at least two others with him. Kilcer pouncing on his pistol, slapping the cashier and himself away, and then moving toward the coolers at the back of the store. 

Kilcer stated, “S–t had to be done.” I was able to see what was coming my direction and decided that I wasn’t going to cry about it. I just waited until the other step was taken and boom! It was instinct that kicked in and he took the next step. 

He claims that his life was saved by the suspect, a 14-year old boy, who was unable fire the loaded gun after Kilcer discovered that it was jammed.

The former soldier grabbed hold of the gun and tried to fire it four more times. It never fired.

He eventually put pressure on the slide of the .22 pistol, firing off a round, seeing it was loaded the entire time. 

Kilcer stated, “I felt the round hit my hands and I was like, Oh s—t. So I locked it back and I looked in my palm and it had a.22 in mine,” 

Kilcer then punched his suspect. He believed that he had broken the nose of the fourteen-year-old. He was able then to control the boy and keep him down until police arrived. 

Kilcer stated that he was then involved with a struggle for control over the gun at the back. Both tried to grab the trigger, but Kilcer prevailed.    

Kilcer stated, “It was really surreal.” Kilcer said, “Like, I counted my head. I was counting trigger pulls as all this was going at frickin’ high speed. Then I realized I was pulling the trigger. But everything was jammed up.  

James Kilcer (pictured right), 32, was stopping in a Chevron gas station convenience store on his way to work as an Arizona sheriff's deputy in Yuma County when a would-be robber suddenly enters

James Kilcer (pictured left), 32, was making his way to Yuma County as an Arizona sheriff’s deputy when a would–be robber suddenly entered.

Kilcer said he immediately noticed the robber, who was backed by two others, and the gun in his hand

Kilcer stated that he noticed the robber instantly, who was backed up by two others and had the gun in hand.

Kilcer then lunges at the attempted robber, pouncing on his pistol, slapping it away from himself and the cashier and toward the coolers lining the back of the store

Kilcer then lunges at attempted robber and slaps it away from himself as well as the cashier.

Kilcer then punches the suspect. He believes he may have broken the 14-year-old's nose

Kilcer punches the suspect. Kilcer believes that he may be responsible for the injury to the nose of the 14-year old. 

Kilcer was able to hold the wannabe assailant down until further help arrived from police

Kilcer was able tase the assailant till further help arrived from police

He then asked the boy his ages, only to find out that he was a teenager.  

Kilcer stated, “It was quite disheartening to learn that he was only 14 years old.” It was his lucky day.

He claimed that he had the gun in his hands. [the 14-year-old’s]Temple’ as a hostage in case the other suspects wanted to pursue him, not realizing that they’d fled the scene.  

According to the county sheriff’s offices, the suspect faces aggravated assault and armed robbery charges. They announced on Friday that they had arrested another teen suspect in connection to the attempted armed burglary. 

Police are still on the hunt for the third suspect.  

Kilcer said that although it was a split-second decision that could’ve led to a different outcome, he would do it all again.

Kilcer responded, “Oh yes, in a heartbeat,” It is a must that you do it.

The former Marine has become a media sensation by appearing on numerous local and national news programs. 

A moment from an interview with Dana Perino on Fox News went viral when he finished off the chat with a non-sequitur claim that billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself. 

Kilcer, 32, is a married father and sheriff's deputy in Yuma, Arizona

Kilcer, 32, is a married father who serves as a sheriff’s deputy in Yuma.

Kilcer has since had fun with the story, meme-ing himself into a superhero for Facebook

Kilcer has enjoyed the story since, meme-ing himself into an online superhero.

Perino suggested to Kilcer that everyone buy Kilcer their drink of preference. He immediately responded, “I’ll take beer, please.” 

Kilcer describes himself to be a POG (or ‘Person Other than Grunt’), a term used for anyone who isn’t involved in any kind of combat.  

This means that he doesn’t see himself as a ‘freakin’ Ricky Recon hero.

Kilcer said, “I’m a goddamn Air Winger, so, it seems like I’m Steven Seagal here,” to one outlet. “I might be fat, but that’s about all.”

Kilcer is not a hero but he has said that he grew. I grew up in a small New York city with many people who didn’t ‘f–k around.’

“I am always in a state of mind that I will do whatever it takes to make it happen. Kilcer said. Kilcer said,

He joked to a local interviewer about how surprised he was at how quickly the suspect was captured.

“I hit him and the gun before his keys hit the ground. That’s how fast my movements were – and I’m a little chubby. I don’t move that fast anymore. He said that he had gained a few pounds since joining the Marine Corps. 

Kilcer was asked what advice he would give to his attacker. He replied with a simple message. 

Kilcer replied, “That boy needs some Jesus.” Kilcer replied, “He’s going down a wrong path real fast.” 

He hoped that everyone would do the same.

He added, “But at a same time, I’d love to think that everybody takes their personal safety as well as the safety of others.” “People must f—ing take control over the country and defend themselves and others.