Soldier who was praised as hero after El Paso shooting arrested for military desertion

BlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(KILLEEN, Texas) — A soldier who was hailed a hero after he said he helped save children during the Walmart El Paso shooting has been arrested for military desertion, officials said.

Glendon Oakley Jr., 22, was arrested in the early morning hours on Thursday in Killeen, Texas, a spokesman for Harker Heights Police Department, Lt. Stephen Miller, told ABC News.

Police made the arrest after the military issued a warrant for desertion out of Fort Hood, Miller said.

Oakley was directly booked into the Belly County Jail but has since been transferred and taken into custody by Fort Hood authorities.

Miller said he could not offer more details on the arrest because his department was just assisting another agency.

He is being held on a third-degree felony charge, according to ABC El Paso affiliate KVIA-TV.
 
Officials with Fort Hood could not immediately be reached by ABC News.

In the aftermath of the Aug. 3 shooting in El Paso, Oakley told KVIA that when shots rang out, he grabbed as many children as possible to get them away from the gunfire.

“What I did was exactly what I was supposed to do. I understand it was heroic and I’m looked at as a hero for it, but that wasn’t the reason for me,” he said at the time. “I’m just focused on the kids that I could not [save] and the families. It hurts me. I feel like they were a part of me. I don’t even know the people that died or the kids that I took with me.”

He credited his military training as the reason he immediately sprung into action during the shooting, which left 22 people dead.

Oakley was listed as an automated logistical specialist stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas.

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