Shot In The Arm: San Diego Sheriff’s Det. Ali Perez kicked in the door to the apartment where a vicious child molester was lying in wait with a high-powered rifle trained on the door.
Ali shot his entire clip, collapsed and attempted to recover in the event of
Sept 29, 2012, when his two partners fell back and his door was locked behind it.
“I find it very hard to come to terms with my reality that it’s where I’ll meet my target, that I’ll meet my goal here and accept that and I couldn’t do anything to change that,” says Ali in a CBN video.
The next shot, he feared, would be to his head.
Also wounded, the suspect, an insolent Daniel Witczak, who was accused of abusing his live-in girlfriend’s daughters, walked over to the fallen and injured Ali, who because of his injuries still hadn’t managed to reload.
And Jesus appeared between him and the criminal
“It was magnificent,” Ali says. “I knew one of two things was going to happen, then I went to the Lord’s house, or I went to Gracie and her children home.”
In his mind, Ali addressed Jesus.
“I have complete confidence in you my lord” he prayed. “What do you want me to do with this guy”
Jesus took a quill from an ink bottle and wrote a message on an index card-sized note. He returned the quill to the bottle, and the note fluttered down onto the chest of the fallen Ali.
“I pick it up. I read it,” Ali remembers. “It says, I want you to bless him.”
“This is a guy who just almost completely ripped my arm off, shot a hole through my body, shot my supervisor, horribly molested these two girls,” Ali muses. “Jesus didn’t say, ‘Reload and finish the job.’ He said, ‘I want you to bless him.”
“I looked right at the bad guy, and I said, “God bless you, brother.”
Eventually, Ali had been transfixed by Christ, but he knew that the blessing words created an impact when he watched the suspect.
“His mannerism changed,” he remembers. “He asks me, ‘Would you like to crawl out to your friends now?’ Almost calm.”
Ali had no idea if Witczak sees the vision of Jesus or not.
“Sure,” the suspect told him. “Yes, I’m ready to go.”
In reality, Witczak supported Ali at the front door. Within three minutes, Jesus ‘ vision and these events occurred.
There was a back-up and cops shot at the gate now. Witczak covered and left Ali on the floor alone. The gate itself was opened Ali dragged himself to the entrance, where he was pulled out by a rescue team.
Finally, Witczak gave up to the deputies.
Ali had been rushed to the ER. The diagnosis by the doctors was grim, no survival chance.
“Everybody dropped to their knees,” Ali recounts. His friends as well as his church and his fellow deputies at the Santee Sheriff’s San Diego station.
“I’m alive because of the power of prayer.”
Ali finally walking and going around fairly normal after 27 surgeries and hours of grueling recovery.
However, his left arm stays in a sling. He has been retired medically. At Witczak’s trial, Ali testified. While recounting the facts, he also extended grace to the man who tried to kill him.
Witczak has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
“Before judging day, I have to spend three minutes with Jesus. It was worth it when I had a few cuts and bruises along the way and had lost my arm,”
“There is a gift from God every heartbeat and every breath. I’m so grateful, thankful and I’m happy to be here.”
Ali now spends most of his time to testify in front of churches about the vision of Jesus and his miraculous recovery.
“I am pleased to be able to tell people that He is true, God is real, that Jesus loves us so much. There is a chance to get on our knees and humble ourselves, before it’s too late, and get right with the Lord.”