Waco doc: Cult leader David Koresh ‘needed to fulfill his destiny,’ resulting in horrific tragedy

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Chris Whitcomb can vividly recall the moment he had a clear shot of doomsday cult leader David Koresh.

It was 1993 and Whitcomb was a sniper with the FBI Hostage Rescue Team. A gun battle had been unleashed when members of the Branch Davidians clashed with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) at the Mount Carmel Center compound outside Waco, Texas. It was a 51-day siege that ended in a deadly blaze.

But before the inferno erupted at the property, Whitcomb said there was one moment when he could have taken Koresh down. Whitcomb described it as “having the perfect conditions” to shoot Koresh and save those who were inside – including children.

“It’s the moral dilemma – no question about it,” Whitcomb told Fox News Digital. “When you’re in the business of trying to save people in potentially life-threatening situations, you have a very tightly circumscribed set of rules. There are things you can do and things you can’t do. The odd thing about it is that a person who has no training, no involvement whatsoever … is the one making the decision. And I was keenly aware of the people inside that compound.”

“I really did have a long mental process about the morality of shooting David Koresh and the personal consequences of that,” he said. “It was a very private, intimate moment. It was two people, 3 o’clock in the morning. I had to make a decision: Do I shoot one person to save 80? It was a very difficult conversation with myself.”

“It was not difficult in terms of doing it because I was an FBI agent,” Whitcomb continued. “I was not going to shoot David Koresh in the head. But I had to run through the moral imperatives involved in shooting him or not shooting him with the very real possibility that 80 people were going to die as a result. It was a moment I won’t forget in my life.”

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