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Protest shooter says he acted in self-defense

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/31/20, 05:20 pm

U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Perry, a rideshare driver, didn’t know about an in-progress Black Lives Matter protest when he turned onto Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas, on July 25, his attorneys said on Friday. Looking to correct what they called inaccurate news reports, they released a statement with Perry’s explanation of the events leading up to him shooting and killing a protester.

What does Perry say happened? According to the statement, protesters swarmed Perry’s car. One of them, 28-year-old Garrett Foster, legally and openly carried a rifle. Perry saw Foster approaching and thought he was possibly a law enforcement officer, so he rolled down his car window. Foster raised his weapon, attorneys said. Perry kept a gun in the car for protection while working as a driver, and after realizing Foster was not law enforcement, fired it in self-defense. Perry then sped away to safety and called the police and has cooperated with the investigation, according to his lawyers. Foster’s family has said he, too, followed the law. Prosecutors have not charged anyone involved with a crime.

Dig deeper: Read Marvin Olasky’s report on the implications of the ongoing protest movement.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • MG
    Posted: Sat, 08/01/2020 10:06 pm

    Video proves that Foster did not follow the law.  it's tragic that he died but he never should have pointed a firearm at someone that was not a threat to him or anyone else.

  • RC
    Posted: Mon, 08/03/2020 10:11 am

    You can scream all you want about the right to peaceful protest, and walk around armed to the teeth, but you are only achieving the goals of the criminals and anarchist, death and destruction. How many more people are going to die before the protesters figure out this way is not working?

  • not silent
    Posted: Mon, 08/03/2020 03:45 pm

    It's getting harder and harder for me to figure out what people actually MEAN with various slogans and sound bites.  So many seem to mean the opposite of what they say, and so many words seem to be changing rapidly in meaning.  Maybe I'm old fashioned or naive, but it seems to me that it would be a lot easier to accomplish goals and to get others on board with those goals if we understood what others were actually saying!  

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 08/03/2020 04:41 pm

    Hate to be the one to tell you, but a lot of people feel it will be a lot easier to accomplish their goals and get you on board with their goals if you don't actually understand what they are saying. 

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Mon, 08/03/2020 05:49 pm

    OldMike, I think you're on to something

  • not silent
    Posted: Mon, 08/03/2020 06:38 pm

    Unfortunately, I think Old Mike is right.  Instead of defining their terms or spelling out their positions, some groups are relying on peer pressure, emotion, mob rule, and shaming to accomplish their goals.  I prefer to ask questions and get clarity first before jumping on any bandwagon.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Tue, 08/04/2020 11:39 am

    The trouble with open carry laws here in Texas (anywhere, for that matter) is it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. The article doesn't say why Perry would think Foster was law enforcement if he wasn't wearing a uniform. And, why would you fire in "self-defense" unless you were being fired UPON? I understand his reaction, though. I would feel threatened if anyone was pointing a gun at me. 

    Posted: Tue, 08/04/2020 04:17 pm

    "Garrett Foster, legally and openly carried a rifle"


    You point your "legal" gun at someone during a "peaceful" protest?

    Why does someone need to carry a gun to a "peaceful" protest?

    It's too bad that we don't have an FBI that could investigate someone like Foster to find out who he got his marching orders from and who paid him to cause trouble. 

    If Foster had shot the guy in the car with his "legal" gun, he would have been praised on social media.

    Just like in the Bible, good is bad and bad is good. 




    Posted: Tue, 08/04/2020 04:27 pm

    If Foster pointed his gun, he meant business. You can't wait for the other guy to shoot first. 

    If you waited, he could say that he saw your gun and you threatened him, so he shot you in self defense.

    His crew won't tell what his purpose was for surrounding that car.

    Maybe Foster was going to have his crew take this guy out at gun point and beat him or worse. I hope Foster didn't have any children. 


    Posted: Tue, 08/04/2020 04:34 pm

    Foster was carrying an AK-47 assault rifle? 

    I hope someone investigates Foster to see why he would be carrying an assault rifle to a "peaceful" protest.