- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

MARION, S.D. (AP) - The man who law enforcement authorities are crediting for preventing more injuries or deaths during a fatal shooting at an industrial site in Lennox says he did all he could to take the weapon away from the gunman.

Brian Roesler on Friday said he stood up from his cubicle in the office area of a Sioux Steel Co. location known as ProTec when he heard two noises that sounded like explosions and then wrestled with the shooter after he saw the gunman approaching a woman in another cubicle, the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/1AkKDHf ) reported.

“I didn’t hear him say anything,” Roesler said of the man who carried out the shooting Thursday afternoon. “The guy didn’t speak at all.”

The gunman has been identified as truck driver Jeffrey DeZeeuw, of Sioux Falls. Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson said DeZeeuw argued with Jon Richter, 45, on Thursday morning over a truckload that DeZeeuw was asked to take to another state. Johnson said DeZeeuw then returned around 2 p.m., killing Richter and wounding worker Kathy Steever. Roesler confronted DeZeeuw after Steever was injured.

“As a result of him fighting back for himself he very possibly prevented a lot more people from getting injured,” Lennox Police Chief Orville Jorgensen said.

Roesler works in the customer service division of Koyker Manufacturing, but he is based out of a small office in the ProTec building. Roesler said Steever works next to him. He said both of them like the same kind of hair-metal music.

Roesler said Ricther worked as a dispatcher in an adjoining room.

“He was a good man,” Roesler said. “He played in a band and they played in a church.”

Authorities on Friday said DeZeeuw used a handgun in the incident. Authorities haven’t disclosed how many shots were fired inside the office.

Authorities believe that after the shooting, DeZeeuw left the building and began driving a semitrailer. They said he then killed himself after setting the Plains Xpress semitrailer on fire. Next to his body was a handgun, which Johnson said was “consistent” with the shell casing found at the site of the shooting.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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