Two soldiers were killed in South Carolina on July 24 after reportedly getting involved in a bar fight to protect a woman.
Jonathan Prins, 29, and Charles Judge Jr., 40, were allegedly killed during the dispute by Joseph Mills.
It remains unclear how the fight started.
“As you may have seen on the news, a criminal situation that originated elsewhere was brought onto our property when a female victim was trying to escape her male attackers,” the Frayed Knot Bar & Grill wrote on its Facebook page, reports WLTX. “Tragically, two good Samaritans lost their lives trying to help the victim.”
Mills was beating the woman outside the bar near Lake Murray, according to Frayed Knot’s owner, Justin Brooks.
“When [Judge and Prins] get in within 2 feet of him -- they both have their hands up trying to talk to him -- and he just shoots them in cold blood,” Brooks told WLTX. “And then just walks off like nothing happened. Walked off like he was shopping at Wal-Mart, right down the aisle. Put a shirt over his head so people couldn’t see him and just walked right off.”
Mills was detained later that night by officers. He alleged the woman had stolen drugs from him.
Mills was subsequently charged with murder. At his bail hearing on July 25, Mills alleged 10 men were attacking him when he fired his weapon. He was not granted bail.
“They are definitely heroes,” Brooks said of Prins and Judge.
Prins, a drill sergeant, left behind a wife and three young children. Judge, who served a tour in Iraq, had family living in the Spartanburg area, WSPA reported.
Brian Dees, Judge’s supervising officer, said his desire to stand up for the woman came as no surprise to him.
“He’d do it 100 times again,” Dees told WLTX. “He’s a hero.”
The police confirmed via Twitter they are not looking for any other suspects in the incident.