6’7″ 300 pound WWE wrestler vs. gunman during store robbery
Former WWE star Shad Gaspard has been hailed a hero after he shut down a would-be armed-robber at a gas station in Coral Springs, Florida.
35-year-old Jason Felix suddenly pulled out a gun after Gaspard refused to buy him a beer in the store, with the entire incident being caught on CCTV.
”He lifts up his shirt and he reaches and grabs a gun,” Gaspard told WPLG after his story went viral. “So he puts the gun into his waist belt and he goes, ‘You need to get out of here, man, because I’m about to rob this place.’”
Rather than heeding the thug’s advice, the 6ft 7”, 300lb wrestler known as ‘Da Beast’ put his life on the line by making a split-second decision to tackle the troublemaker head-on.
Video footage shows Gaspard catching Felix by surprise as he snatches the gun from his belt and hands it to the store clerk behind the counter for safekeeping, then goes back to deal with the criminal.
”He was like, ‘Yo, give me the gun back,” Gaspard told 7News. “Give me right [expletive] now.’ He wasn’t listening so I grabbed him by the back of the neck, and I ran to the door. When I ran to the door, I ran into the door hard as [expletive], trying to knock him out.
”When we got outside, I grabbed him in a rear choke, and I threw him off, and I put him on the ground. I put his hands behind his back, put my knee on his wrist, so he couldn’t move them.”
It later emerged that while the firearm Felix had been carrying looked liked a semi-automatic, it actually turned out to be an air-powered BB gun.
Nonetheless, Felix has since been charged with one count of armed robbery and held on a $10,000 bond.
Gaspard enjoyed two separate stints in the WWE, where he was best known as one-half of the ‘Cryme Tyme’ tag-team and has since worked as a bodyguard for the likes of P. Diddy, Britney Spears and Mike Tyson.