A photo showing a six-time convicted felon praying with an officer who once put him in prison is going viral.
Doc Amey, an ex-con-turned-pastor, reportedly approached Texas City Police Officer Salvador Chapa to thank him for arresting him eight years ago on a gun charge.
"God just been giving me the urgency to pray for police officers, the same police officers that arrested me. I just got an urgency to pray for them now," Amey told ABC 13.
The heartwarming moment was captured on camera by an eyewitness Kevin Woods. The picture was later picked up by the Texas City Police Facebook page and has now been viewed over 1.2 million times.
While serving a five-year prison sentence, Amey said he realized he couldn’t continue his life as a criminal. "One day, a cold December morning, I just looked up: I said God, if you real, like everybody say you real, you'll get me out of this," he added. He was released on a parole after serving only a year and a half.
After leaving jail, he joined the Fellowship Church in Texas City and subsequently earned an associate's degree in biblical studies.
Officer Chapa said he was humbled by the man’s heartwarming gesture, especially at a time when mistrust and resentment against police officers in the country is growing.
"Touched my heart. It touched my heart. The reason it did, it sounds like I've touched his heart and made a difference in his life," he said.
“I love you,” Amey said at the end of his prayer, according to KHOU.
“I love you, too, brother,” Chapa replied. “Thank you very much for praying for us.”