The man who was killed in Sunday’s shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church was a highly-regarded sports physician who heroically tackled the gunman, allowing other parishioners to tackle and subdue him — but not before taking fatal gunfire himself.
“Literally the meeting of good versus evil, between Dr. Cheng and the suspect in this case,” Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said.
Dr. John Cheng, 52, of Laguna Niguel, was the one fatality in what could have been an even more devastating mass shooting at the Laguna Woods church Sunday afternoon. In a news conference Monday, Barnes unequivocally called Cheng “a hero in this incident.”
“Without the actions of Dr. Cheng, it is no doubt that there would be numerous additional victims in this crime,” Barnes said.
Cheng charged the suspect, identified as 68-year-old David Chou of Las Vegas, and tackled him, and was subsequently hit by gunfire, Barnes said.
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