Man carrying concealed pistol stops attack on Utah police officer.
A Utah police officer who was being attacked on Friday was saved by a passerby with a concealed pistol, officials said according to Fox News.
“The unidentified police officer confronted the attacker, identified as Paul Douglas Anderson, after spotting feet dangling from a donation bin in Springville, FOX13 Salt Lake City reported on Saturday. Anderson got out of the bin, but refused to remove his hands from his pocket.
The officer ordered Anderson to remove his hands out of his pockets. Anderson eventually took his hands out of his pants’ pockets and began repeatedly punching the officer in the face.
Derek Meyer told FOX13 he was driving by the area when he spotted the police lights and saw Anderson attacking the cop. Meyer turned around and pulled out his pistol.
Meyer aimed the pistol at Anderson and yelled at him to stop attacking the officer. Anderson bolted from the scene as responding officers arrived. The attacker, who was found hiding under a flatbed trailer, was arrested and faces several charges, according to FOX13.
The officer suffered a fractured eye socket and lacerations around his eye. Meyer said he stepped in because it was in his nature. He added
“[I didn’t do it] to get any extra attention or to have people talk about me or anything I did,” he told the news station.
Meyer added that he’s sharing his story because there aren’t enough “good stories from responsible, gun-owning people.” (Read More)
The officer was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
This is the second recent story in the past few weeks where a “Good guy with a gun” has helped thwart an attack. A man threatened an employee with a wrench recently, Police say. 2 Customers with Legally Owned Firearms Held him at Bay.
Alonzo Seegars, upset with service at Stateline car dealership on Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill on Dec. 21, arrived armed with a pipe wrench, said Aaron Hayes, 16th Circuit assistant solicitor. Seegars told a service employee, “I know who you are and you are a dead man,” then “threatened to kill” a female employee, Hayes said.
A pair of customers legally carrying guns held a pipe-wielding attacker at bay at the York County car dealership until police arrived in the December incident where the suspect threatened to kill dealership employees according to the Charlotte Observer.
“Two customers, whom prosecutors said had legal concealed carry permits and were armed legally at the time, intervened and “held Mr. Seegars at bay” with the handguns at the crowded dealership until police arrived, Hayes said. York County deputies tackled Seegars after using an electric stun gun. Seegars suffered a broken leg in the scuffle.
Seegars’ lawyer, Creighton Hayes of Rock Hill, said Seegars was “in a state of extreme mental distress” during the incident Dec. 21. Hayes conceded in court the vehicles were damaged, but said the attempted murder is an “over charge” because no one was harmed or hurt.
Yet an employee, whose name was not used in court because of his fear of Seegars, said in court Friday that Seegars had previously threatened people at the dealership, and on Dec. 21, backed him into a corner with the pipe wrench before a profanity-laced tirade of death threats and smashed cars.”
Visiting Judge Benjamin Culbertson said Seegars has a right to bond before trial and set the bond at $25,000 on the five felony charges Seegars faces. Culbertson put restrictions on the bond that Seegars have no contact with the dealership or victims.
Once again, it was a good guy with a gun, in this case two good guys with guns, that stopped what could have been a potentially very violent incident. All too often, if there is a good guy with a Legally owned firearm in the area, situations like these can be stopped very early on.
This one fact does not fit the anti-gun leftist media narrative, which is why they don’t largely report on such things. So much for journalistic integrity.