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THE armed homeowners who were caught on video brandishing guns in their front yard after protesters broke into their gates community broke their silence about the incident.

St. Louis resident Mark McCloskey, 63, defended his and his wife’s actions saying that the confrontation with protesters “had nothing to do with race.

5 Mark McCloskey broke his silence Tuesday evening and explained how the confrontation with protesters 'had nothing to do with race'Credit: Fox

McCloskey explained, on Tucker Carlson Tonight Tuesday evening, how the couple felt their lives were in danger once they saw the sea of protesters had broken into their gated community.

“My wife and I were preparing to have dinner, maybe 70 feet from the gate,” recalled McCloskey.

As the crowd moved closer toward their home, McCloskey explained that he had a sudden realization that he and his wife could soon fall victim to the violence and rioting that has taken parts of the city in recent weeks.

“By the time we looked up and we saw the marchers coming down Kings Highway and getting loud, we looked over the gate and there’s no police there,” said the 63-year-old.

5 Mark and Patricia McCloskey brandishing their guns at protesters after his gated community was broken intoCredit: lbfoto1 5 Mark McCloskey said thought his family would be 'overrun' when he saw the mob of protesterCredit: AFP or licensors

“Our private security wasn’t there. Nobody’s there.”

McCloskey recalled witnessing a flood of angry people coming in, “they are angry, they are screaming, they’ve got spittle coming out of their mouths they’re coming toward the house,” he said.

“I turned to my wife and I said, ‘Oh my God, we’re absolutely alone. There is nobody here to protect us.’”

He thought the he and his wife would be “overrun in a second,” when he saw the mob coming through the gate with their “rage and their anger.”

“By the time I saw out there with my rifle, the people were 20 or 30 feet from my wall… I was literally afraid that within seconds they would surmount the wall and come into my house, kill us.”

“Burn the house down and everything that I had worked for and struggled for the last 32 years,” added McCloskey.

5 On Tuesday, Attorney Kimberly Gardner announced officials are investigating the incidentCredit: Twitter 5 Mark McCloskey said his 30-year career as a lawyer focused on helping those 'that need a voice'Credit: AFP or licensors

On Tuesday, Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner released a statement announcing that officials are investigating the incident.

“I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns at a violent assault,” Gardner said.

She added: “My office is currently working with the public to investigate these event.”

Gardner then vowed to seek justice against people breaking the law.

“Make no mistake: we will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights, and will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.”

McCloskey said he was offended by insinuation that his effort to protect his family was racially motivated.

He said his 30-year career as a lawyer was largely focused on helping those “that need a voice.”

“I don’t understand. Here’s the interesting thing, I spend my career defending people that are defenseless… This is what I do for a living,” he said.

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“I help people that are down or that need a hand and people that need a voice. To call us racist is ridiculous and it had nothing to do with race.”

“I wasn’t worried what the race was (of) the mob that came through my gate, I was worried that I was going to be killed. I didn’t care what race they were,” emphasized McCloskey.

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Ryan Adams has issued a public apology over a year after he was accused of harassment and emotional abuse by multiple women.

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In an essay for the Daily Mail and verified to PEOPLE by Adams' attorney Andrew Brettler, the musician, 45, apologized for his past actions, saying that "there are no words to express how bad I feel about the ways I've mistreated people throughout my life and career."

In a New York Times report from February 2019, seven women — including Adams' ex-wife Mandy Moore — accused him of being manipulative, controlling and obsessive.

At the time, Adams denied the claims to the Times via his attorney Brettler.

"All I can say is that I'm sorry," the singer wrote in his essay, which was published on Friday. "It's that simple. This period of isolation and reflection made me realize that I needed to make significant changes in my life. I've gotten past the point where I would be apologizing just for the sake of being let off the hook and I know full well that any apology from me probably won't be accepted by those I've hurt."

Adams added, "I get that and I also understand that there's no going back."

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Adams said that while his apology will "seem like the same empty bulls—" to a lot of people, he said that "this time it is different."

"Having truly realized the harm that I've caused, it wrecked me, and I'm still reeling from the ripples of devastating effects that my actions triggered," he shared. "There is no way to convince people that this time is truly different, but this is the albatross that I deserve to carry with me as a result of my actions."

"Realizing the consequences of my actions, I took a hard look inwards and sought to find the truth behind them," Adams explained. "I made a promise to myself that no matter what it took, I would get to the root of these issues and finally start to fix myself so I could be a better friend, a better partner, and a better man overall."

© Provided by People AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 16: Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams performs at Music Is Universal presented by Marriott Rewards and Universal Music Group, during SXSW at the JW Marriott Austin on March 16, 2016 in Austin, Texas (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Universal Music)

The "Heartbreaker" singer also wrote that "no amount of growth will ever take away the suffering I had caused."

"I will never be off the hook and I am fully accountable for my harmful behavior, and will be for my actions moving forward," he said. "In my effort to be a better man, I have fought to get sober, but this time I'm doing it with professional help. Sobriety is a priority in my life, and so is my mental health. These, as I'm learning, go hand in hand."

"But I will not bore anyone with stories of my demons or use them to excuse what I've done," he wrote. "I really want to express that I've internalized the importance of self-care and self-work. I'm really trying."

"I hope that the people I've hurt will heal," Adams shared. "And I hope that they will find a way to forgive me."

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In the Times report from last year, Moore, 36, claimed that when she was married to Adams, he “discouraged” her from working with other producers and managers, but after writing songs together Adams would “replace her with other female artists” when it came time to record the tracks

The This Is Us star also said he was "psychologically abusive" and belittled her musical abilities. "His controlling behavior essentially did block my ability to make new connections in the industry during a very pivotal and potentially lucrative time — my entire mid-to-late 20s," Moore told the Times.

However, Adams denied ex Moore's claims at the time, saying her "characterization" of their relationship is "completely inconsistent with his view."

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In 2016, the year Moore's divorce from Adams was finalized, the actress spoke with PEOPLE about her six-year marriage and moving on after a painful divorce.

“I wasn’t a participant in my own life for a while,” she said. “I poured so much of myself into my personal life and when that wasn’t as fruitful as I hoped it would be and I extricated myself from that situation, I was able to realize I wasn’t honoring myself and my dreams and what I wanted in life.”

If you suspect domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.


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