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Soldier praised as 'hero' for helping children during El Paso shooting arrested in Bell Co. for desertion

The Ft. Bliss soldier who was praised as a hero for rescuing children during the El Paso Walmart shooting was arrested Wednesday for military desertion.

KILLEEN, Texas — *Editor's note: The attached video is from a former article following the El Paso shooting.

A soldier who was considered a hero in the wake of the El Paso shooting was arrested in Bell County Wednesday for desertion.

Glendon Oakley, a Killeen native and automated logistical specialist, made national headlines after the Walmart mass shooting.

Oakley told reporters that he tried to gather as many kids as possible, thinking that if he had a child separated from him, what would he want someone else to do in that type of situation. 

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Oakley was arrested on a military desertion warrant out of Ft. Bliss. He was in police custody pending his return to Ft. Bliss.


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