A police officer in Dawson County, Georgia is alive today because a civilian was carrying a firearm.
Fox 5 Atlanta reports that Sgt. Randy Harkness had driven a homeless man to a gas station to help give him some money on Tuesday, when the man snapped and started to assault him. That’s when an armed bystander stepped in:
The sheriff said a woman in a car at the Chevron witnessed the assault, got out of her car, gun in hand, and fired on the homeless man attacking Harkness. Eyewitnesses in the gas station saw it unfold.
“She shot off, a round. The guy got off the police officer and she shot another round and he was running that way I think, there was three shots,” said Aseem Kahn, owner of the station.
After taking at least one slug, the homeless assailant ran across the street to a McDonalds parking lot, where he attacked an old woman in what the shift manager said she believed was an attempt to steal her car.
“He told her, looked at her, and told her she was dead, and then punched her square in the nose, 75 years there was no sense,” manager Sharon Cheek said. Fortunately, customers managed to subdue him before he could do any more.
Sadly, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Dawson County District Attorney’s Office are currently investigating to determine whether the gun-toting good samaritan should face any charges. Fortunately, Sheriff Jeff Johnson is unequivocal that the answer is no: “I truly believe she’s a hero I believe she thankfully saved this officer’s life.” Gas station owner Aseem Kahn agrees: “It could have been worse, mate, thank you for that lady who was carrying.”
Hopefully that investigation is just a formality, and that this hero who wishes to remain anonymous isn’t punished or further inconvenienced for doing the right thing. And while this next wish may be too much to hope for, hopefully this incident will reach the eyes and ears of someone, anyone, who can be persuaded that lawful gun owners aren’t the enemies of a peaceful society after all.