Medals for selfless acts of heroism were awarded this month to three service members assigned to the Arlington recruiting substation in recognition of their action taken during a shooting earlier this year, according to U.S. Defense news sources.
Staff Sergeant Jamie Self, Staff Sergeant Dylan Greene, and Staff Sergeant Dalmon Moseley were awarded commendation medals for their decisiveness and bravery in saving the life of a gunshot victim on February 5, 2022.
Immediately after the shooting outside the recruiting station at an Arlington shopping center, the three Marines left their office and secured the scene. They restrained the gunman, guarded the firearm, called the police, and attended to the wounds of an injured civilian.
A 31-year-old man was found shot to death in the 4000 block of South Cooper Street in Arlington shortly before 3:00 p.m.
The other victim, a 29-year-old man, was also shot. Staff Sergeant Mosley retrieved a first aid kit from the recruiting station to render aid to him and called the Arlington police to notify them of the incident.
Officers on the scene interviewed several witnesses and determined the suspect, Jacob LaTravis Yi, 20, had allegedly shot both victims, killing one of them. The wounded man was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Yi was taken into custody and booked into the Tarrant County jail. He was charged with Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. Detectives learned he also had an active warrant related to an ATF weapons charge.
The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals were awarded on August 18 for bravery and courage demonstrated in heroism not involving actual conflict with the enemy, according to a U.S. Marines website. It was Staff Sergeant Self’s second such medal.
“These individuals ensured that no one got near the weapon and that the suspect did not leave; this was all under control due to their presence,” said Sgt. Jonathan Sosa of the Arlington Police Department.
The mother of the victim who survived credited the three Marines with saving his life. “If it wasn’t for Staff Sergeant Green, Staff Sergeant Self, and Staff Sergeant Mosely, my son would not be here today.”
When asked to share their thoughts about the incident, Greene explained, “If I hadn’t received the training that I’ve experienced throughout my career, I would have been a bystander like everyone else. I can’t be that guy that just stands by when I know that I have the means and the capability to help.”