Police in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania are giving credit to a concealed carrier for saving an officer who was surrounded by a group of angry teens last week.
On Friday, as nearly 4,000 students were heading home from area schools, the officer responded to and broke up a fight between two teens. He was holding one of them back, when the other attacked the officer, according to this story fromfox43.com.
“As he breaks up the fight, he takes one kid and then the other jumps him. Now he’s fighting two of them and he’s calling for an assist officer at the same time,” said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood in the story. “There’s a crowd of 40 or 50 kids watching the fight, and they all moved toward the officer.”
The gun owner, who spoke to the Philadelphia Daily News on the condition of anonymity, saying he fears retribution. He said he was on Wayne Ave. near Marshall Rd. around 3 p.m. when he saw the group surround the officer.
He said at first the officer seemed to have the situation under control.
“Then, in a matter of seconds, two to three other teens who were there jumped on the officer’s back,” the man said in the story. “It was scary. Very scary.”
For a few moments, the Good Samaritan didn’t know how much he should get involved.
“My thought process was a ton of stuff in a short period of time. The first thing I did was yell, ‘Get off!’ They were doing what they were doing and they weren’t going to stop for me. So then I thought, ‘Do I go over and get physically involved?’ But then, I could have gotten jumped, too,” he said.
The man is a gun owner with a permit to carry concealed, so he made the decision to draw his firearm, the story says, when he saw the teens grabbing at the officer’s waist near his holstered service weapon.
But the man never pointed his firearm at the teens. Rather, he left it at his side so it could be seen in his hands, the story says.
The story says that when one boy noticed the man’s gun, he “whispered it down the lane” to the other teens and they all ran off.
The only teens who did not run were the two the officer was miraculously able to hold onto throughout the incident, after nabbing them for their involvement in the initial fight, the story says.
“‘He was an amazing human being,’ the Good Samaritan said of the cop.”
“The two teens were charged with aggravated assault on police and related offenses, and were remanded to Delaware County’s juvenile detention facility
“The gun owner said the situation gave him an even greater respect for police officers and the split-second decisions they must make.
“‘I already had a ton of respect for law enforcement to begin with, but it brought it to a new level,’ he told the Daily News. ‘When you hear about, ‘Oh, a police officer did this and this,’ you don’t realize all the stuff he had to think about before he made the decision he did.’
The Good Samaritan said he carries a handgun because it’s his right to do so, but had never pulled it out of the holster before Friday.
“‘If you’re going to carry, it’s for protection, you don’t do it for power,’ he said in the story. ‘There are that small minority of people who carry because they want to be a cowboy and pull their gun out, but I would never want to do that again.'”