Video footage of a harrowing scene showed how a good guy with a gun can mean the difference between life and death. In this case, the good guy with a gun saved a police officer from serious injury — or worse.
The Blaze reported:
On Nov. 14, Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Bardes was working a wreck on Interstate 75 in Estero, Florida, when a vehicle traveling at very high speeds nearly hit him as it sped by. Bardes got into his vehicle and gave chase for several miles before it finally came to a halt.
Edward Strother, 53, rushed Bardes as he exited his car, vaulting over the driver’s side door and tackling Bardes to the ground where he began to pummel him with his fists.
Vehicles began to crowd around the scene, not coming to the aid of the deputy, but instead pulling out their cellphones to record the scene. Reportedly, not a single 911 phone call was made from the scene.
No one appeared ready to help the deputy, that is until Ashad Russell, an armed citizen, calmly walked up to the Strother and Bardes and warned Strother to get off the deputy.
Strother reportedly told Russell, “You better kill me.”
The officer on the ground was reportedly yelling to Russell, “Shoot him! Shoot him!”
That’s precisely what Russell did — he shot three rounds into Bardes, who then collapsed to the ground. Russell is then seen walking away — reportedly in shock over the incident — as he dropped his gun.
Russell will not face charges for the shooting and, according to The U.K. Daily Mail, is being called a hero by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department after saving the officer.
“I thank the hero that recognized the imminent threat, rushed to Deputy Bardes’ aid, and ultimately stopped that threat,” Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott explained.
“In a day and age where race is a near instant focus for media and other pundits in police incidents, the fact is that this hero happens to be a man of color who stopped another man of color from further harming or killing a white cop; thereby reminding us that black lives matter, blue lives matter, and indeed, all life matters,” he said.
Both Bardes and Strother were taken to the hospital, where Bardes was found to have no serious injuries and Strother died.
You can watch the video below, but be forewarned, it is graphic: