3Gunner Stopped Terrorist In Minnesota Mall Knife Attack

Last Saturday there was an attack in a Minnesota Mall. The suspect has been claimed to be part of ISIS.

A report by a news agency linked to the Islamic State claimed on Sunday that a “soldier of the Islamic State” was behind a stabbing attack on Saturday night at a Minnesota shopping mall, an episode that the F.B.I. said it was investigating as a “potential act of terrorism.” Nine people were injured in the attack before an off-duty police officer fatally shot the knife-wielding man, the authorities in St. Cloud said.

Reports claim the suspect was stopped by an “off-duty police officer”. That man is Jason Falconer. But he is much more than an off-duty officer. He is a 3Gunner and competitive shooter. While Jason was shopping, the suspect lunged at him with a knife and Jason shot the suspect to stop him.

According to Bearing Arms and Jason’s Bio from Tactical Advantage:

Jason has been a member of the United States Practical Shooters Association (USPSA) as well as a local club, St. Cloud Area Practical Shooters Association (SCAPSA) for many years. He competes at the SCAPSA outdoor range in matches and league competitions year-round, and has attained several league championships in various divisions. Jason is an avid three-gun competitor and has been privileged to participate on shooting squads at various 3-gun and tactical shotgun matches with professional shooters such as James Casanova, Rob Romero, Mark Harnish, Janson Jensen, Mark Miller, and Dave Neth. In June 2012, St. Cloud hosted the CAN-AM Games for Law Enforcement and Firefighters from around the world. Jason was fortunate to compete in various Can-Am events including two of his passions, shooting sports and ice hockey.For his efforts, as well as his team members, Jason earned six Can-Am medals, five for shooting events, and one for hockey. This was a tremendous experience to be treasured.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • claymore

    Awesome work officer.

  • MarcoPolo

    “If you are finished unload and show clear!” Yeah, he’s finished 🙂

    • Bill

      Ironically, if that’s a word, that’s my biggest pet peeve with competition: speed unloading and holstering. I insist my troops slow down, unload methodically and visually and physically inspect the chamber, magwell or carrier as appropriate. Except under really specific circumstances, I guess competition would be one, I don’t want them holstering or slinging an empty or partially empty gun.

  • Ron

    Good on him

  • Drew Coleman

    Good job.

  • Matt

    I want to state that this guy does not represent other competition shooters. Sport shooting is all about “sporting purposes” and is very peaceful. Besides, most of them couldn’t even tell you if their “tuned” guns would even cycle those cop killer (hollow point) bullets. Besides, they couldn’t conceal their $4,000 1911’s if they wanted to because the mag funnel that’s roughly the size of Texas would print like Gutenberg.

    • Anonymoose

      He’s also an NRA instructor, and there’s nothing that says you can’t enjoy practical, durable, stock weapons as well as ridiculous suped-up raceguns.

    • Jodas

      All that I am hearing from you is “I am inadequate and dissatisfied with myself and my abilities. I will project irrational, unfounded garbage to mask my envy and contempt of better men than myself.”

      • Matt

        If you listen closely enough, you can also hear the supersonic crack of the bullet as it passes over your head

        • Matt

          Er, joke not bullet. Don’t text and drive kids

          • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

            Ah, feeble attempt at humor. Got it.

      • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

        The Envy is loud and clear isn’t it?

    • Swarf

      Cop killer bullets? Is this satire?

      • Matt

        Yes, it is satire

        • Swarf

          Mea culpa.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Most guys shooting don’t have the expensive setups you see on 3 gun nation. I know guys that shoot with stock Glocks, a 870 express and your basic $750 AR15 with Irons. A few guys add $100 to $200 in parts to their Glocks. That’s it for most people. That can’t all afford a $4000 2011 or Zev. On an LEO salary I doubt this guy could either.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Free Cinnabon at the food court for life!

    • Bill

      Hope the perp didn’t leak Orange Julius all over the floor.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        F-ck him, thats what mops are for.

        • Bill

          You try getting the blood out of the fryolator at the China Wok. You have to crumble up fortune cookies to make an absorbent powder.

          His fortune read: “Youre making a mistake “

          • TheNotoriousIUD
          • Bill

            I’ve never understood the 72 virgin thing- I’d rather get 4 or 6 trailer park babes with experience who can suck-start a Harley while drinking a beer and smoking a Pall Mall at the same time. As long as they are clean, disease-free, though it probably doesn’t matter if you’re dead, and have minimal home-done and jail tats.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Straight up.
            Gimme a handful of pros who can work the equipment.
            A bunch of virgins sounds like a nightmare.

          • Kafir1911

            They are virgin goats, MoHamAndEggs favorite toys.

          • CountryBoy

            Besides, after 72, then what? How long is their “heaven” supposed to last – just 36 hours?

            There’s a joke there, if you want.

          • Navy Davy

            And, those virgins are going to remain virgins, forever!
            Jokes on U dude!

  • wetcorps

    So he’s a police officer as well as a sport shooter. Is it even relevant in this case? What does it prove? What if he was just a random guy with a CCW?

    • dootdootbeep

      I guess it proves some cops can actually shoot straight?

      • Anonymoose

        Yeah, maybe. Better than that time the NYPD shot some innocent bystanders instead of the rampaging nutcase they were supposed to be shooting.

        • iksnilol

          Hey, they saved those people by wounding them… thus the shooter would focus on others.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          My question is how many NYPD guys shoot recreationally? How many places do they have available to do so affordably? I’m guess the answer is extremely few to #1 and none to #2.

          • Tim

            Good call. NYC cops can only shoot straight indoors, the only practical places they can practice. They get disoriented outside.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Don’t really understand what you’re getting at?

            I’m not taking you literally but if I’m not mistaken the shooting where are the bystanders were shot occurred indoors.

          • Tim

            Yeah, sorry. Just being a wise ass, but as a native NYC, l’m related to a few NYPD.

            Actually, we did get crossed up because I thought the bystander shootings a few years ago were all outside in Manhattan at the Empire State Bldg. I’ll ask…

        • Madcap_Magician

          You ever notice that cops in areas that are culturally really hostile to guns always seem to shoot worse than cops in areas where guns are normal?

      • Bill

        No, cops can’t shoot; everyone knows that, just ask them.

    • K-Gunner

      Why the frowny face? Turn that frown upside down, lighten up, and just enjoy that a good guy, any good guy, took care of business. If you ever get written up for some heroic deed we’ll make sure they mention that you like long walks on the beach, unicorns, and being a Debbie Downer.

    • nixx

      That prove that if you are pro gun trained person you have the chance to save others lives, and if you are anti gun yucie your destiny and the other persons in the mall is dead like european sheeps.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    I bet Clinton loves this guy.

    • Rooftop Voter

      I am sure if the Cankle Queen does get in, she will devote half of our GNP to put this guy out of business and have him disarmed. Nasty guy, can’t have him thinning out my voting bloc. The nerve, I tell you!!

  • lbeacham

    That would explain the tight shot group.

  • Joel

    USPSA is United States Practical Shooting Association, not “shooters.”

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I hope companies support him for his good work and sponsor him well in his hobbies!

  • Jim N Jenna SK

    Thank you!

  • Bill

    He’s an actual Mall Ninja.

  • Ambassador Vader

    The coolest part was where he ran to the sunglass kiosk picked up his rifle, shot the terrorist. Ran to the pretzel stand, picked up his shotgun, shot the terrorist. Then sprinted to the orange Julius to finish him off with his pistol.

    • DannyBoyJr

      Daym brah, this needs all the upvotes.

      • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

        Yes, indeed

    • J S

      Yup, finished up and did the real American version of a mike drop, except it was an ISIS drop.

    • MichaelZWilliamson

      Wait, he didn’t hide under the clothing racks in The Gap with two SAPI plates duct taped to his chest?

      Oh, wait, that’s Gecko45

    • Aldo1887

      This post wins the internet for today.

  • Joseph Goins

    And they say competitive shooting won’t help you in combat.

    • Ron

      I don’t think the fact he was a competitive shooter had anything to do with, what did was he was there, he had a firearm and more importantly recognized the threat and that there was need to deal with it with violence and did.

  • tiger

    Die Hard 6 the mall…

  • Anonymous

    With demand for pistol classes and training that will now happen, he’s going to make a killing.
    Wait, he already did.

    • Bill

      I see what you did there

  • nixx

    I supossed that hero must that kind of person and not another, you know what i want to say.

    • nixx

      I supossed that hero must BE that kind of person and not another, you know what i want to say

  • Kivaari

    A part-time officer at that. Reserve cops serve a big role in local policing.

    • Bill

      Indeed. Good ones do the same work, takes the same risks, and get little to no pay, and less respect. They are force multipliers and a lot of agencies don’t realize how screwed they’d be if they didn’t have reserves/auxiliaries/part-timers.

      • Kivaari

        After I retired I came back and worked 1/2 time. It was a blast. We couldn’t have provided full time coverage if it wasn’t for the volunteer hours and paid hours the reserves provided. Everyone had a chance to work for pay, but was expected to do volunteer shifts as well. Paid shifts put you out as the one officer unless a volunteer came along for a ride along.

  • Tim

    I heard it took several rounds to put him down.?.
    Wonder what that was about?

    • Bad people often fail to cooperate with expectations. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Hollywood is the only place where one shot from a handgun will reliably stop a violent attacker; emergency room surveys have shown that single GSWs are fatal in less than 4% of homicides.

      • Bill

        He probably wasn’t blown backwards through a conveniently located plate glass window, either. And he probably voided his bowels and bladder, which you don’t usually see in the movies.

  • Warren Ellis

    Lone wolf attacks are always the most difficult to protect against. Truth be told, despite ISIS’s crowing about how this was their handiwork, I suspect they’re just using this more to claim they did than because this guy was actually directed by them.

    I’m also happy that it was reported that we get to see reports of guns being used to save lives here. The media has a bad habit of ignoring that often.

    As for Somali Americans, to be honest I haven’t heard much about them. 1/3 of them apparently live in Minnesota and they seemed to be doing okay, or at least integrating alright without turning areas into ethnic ghettos ala Europe. At least things seemed okay.

    • Smokey_the_Bear

      Nope, actually most of them don’t assimilate. They get brought in by the group load, and they stay in the group. Their kids will/do become assimilated, and become…”normal Americans”, but the majority of the ones brought in, they just make a small part of the City, Ethiopian.

      • Bill

        In my somewhat limited experience, they do tend to stay in their own group, but then so do most recent immigrants, and to this day, ethnic groups. Every big city has a Chinatown, little Italy, Little Mexico, and at least one neighborhood with Irish or German street and park names.

        However, the Somali areas don’t post crime figures outside the average, but we can’t know if they are reported at a higher or lower rate than normal.

        • Ron

          Have you even googled that? You get things like “Minnesota Sheriff Reports to Congress on Growing Somalia Gang Threat in Hennepin County,” “Somalis in America: A Horror Story of Crime, Violence, and Now Terrorism,” and ‘Rise of Somali Gangs Plagues Minneapolis”

          • Bill

            Actually, I’ve used sources like DHS, FBI, NCJRS, SLATT and others. I didnt say there were no issues and that there may be reporting flaws. That area also has problems with outlaw motorcycle gangs, drug trafficking organizations and criminal gangs.

            The main problem with Somali criminality in my area is that some traffic in counterfeit merchandise involving trademark violations.

          • Ron

            You mean agencies that go out of there way to ignore the foreign origin of those who commit crimes in order to not generate track-able statistics? And the same agencies that produce bulletins that constitutionalists and veterans are a threat?

          • Bill

            So, where would you suggest getting data from? Stormfront maybe? You mean constitutionalists and vets like Tim McVeigh?

          • Ron

            So your reaction to the notion we should be skeptical of the current govenment or the fact it politicizes everything is to go full NAZI as a comparison.

            You are so right we should blindly believe the regime, and Hillary et al did not break the law

    • Samuel Mazzuchelli

      95% of Islamic immigrants are on the dole. I guess that’s one form of integrating…built in democrats. We have enough of that as it is. Plus, extremely misogynistic perspectives will lead to honor killings as they’re experiencing in canuckistan. Hundreds of Christian churches are sponsoring them in. Death wish.

    • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

      Where did you get the assimilation info? It’s bogus..

  • Jim_Macklin

    Minnesota law provides criminal penalties for going armed in locations that are posted “no guns” allowed. Does anybody know if that mall was posted no guns? Was it a GFZ where only an off-duty cop could legally carry?

    • Parrym

      Most malls in MN are posted ‘No Guns’, however, MN does not allow landlords, aka the mall owners, to legally post. In order to be compliant, the signage has to be done by the individual stores, which they don’t. In any event, the postings are in effect a trespass notice, so in order to have effect you need to be asked to leave and then refuse before you can be fined $50.
      Long story short, most CCW holders in MN ignore these signs and go about thier business. Good thing too.

      • Jim_Macklin

        Kansas has made the no gun signs moot, except perhaps at a jail or prison. Now we need to get the US Govt to recognize that the customers at the Post Office are citizens with rights. The postal workers have rights too. Nobody went postal until the LBJ PMG banned guns.
        Postal mail carriers used to carry a 1917 45 Colt or S&W in their leather pouches.
        Kansas is Constitutional carry… it isn’t uncommon to see guns openly carried. Kansas voters amended the KS Bill of Rights to make it clear that it is an individual right to be armed.

  • Jim

    Mohammed forgot to put a verse in the Quran that would help future terrorists in America: “Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.”

  • jng1226

    Funniest Facebook post I saw about this was: “I guess USPSA won’t get you killed in the streets after all”

  • Rooftop Voter

    Love happy endings.

    Also liked the story of a tough guy who thought his next victim in a beat down was going to be easy. It so turned out that the intended victim was an MMA fighter and we now how that went.

  • Bruce

    I wonder if he got to pick up his spent brass?

  • Deplorable-Shocked&Amazed

    Contrary to what the Demoncrats say, a Good guy/gal with a gun can make a difference.
    Well done Jason.

  • Michael Berryman

    First off: Well done and thank you!

    Second: I understand that he is a part time police officer AND that he is a distinguished graduate of Front Sight’s 4-day Defensive Handgun course. I can vouch for the skill sets they teach there. I believe it helped provide him increased knowledge and at least reinforced previous training regarding these skill sets. And it would have anchored a combat mindset that enables a person to take decisive reasonable action when needed to defend one’s self or others from immediate life threatening bodily harm.

  • Dk

    Thank You Sir for your heroism and brave actions! Your courage and due diligence saved many lives that day! God Almighty had you there and your efforts one day will be rewarded!