In Delaware County, Pennsylvania, a vigilant but armed good Samaritan saved police officer from beating after the cop was surrounded by a mob of angry teens.
Michael Chitwood of the Upper Darby Police Department said that the officer was cornered by 40 teens. So if it weren’t for the gun owner, the officer would have certainly land in a hospital.
The areas around the Upper Darby High School are flooded daily by about 4,000 students around 3:00 p.m. And since sometimes fights occur, police officers need to patrol the area.
On Friday, the police had to respond to three dispatcher calls related to fights near the school building. In the wake of the fights, eight kids were charged and two law enforcement officers reported they were injured. We do not yet know how if the injuries deterred cops from coming to work.
Still, the most violent fight happened less than a mile from the high school. After being called on site, a police officer tried to calm down two teens that engaged in a violent fight with one another. A large crowd was watching the scene from sidelines. But when the cop immobilized one of the fighters the other one jumped on him.
As a result, the officer had to fight two combatants instead of one, while the mob watching the fight was drawing closer. About 40 to 50 teens were watching the cop fighting and calling for backup.
But miraculously, a man that lives on the block popped up with a gun in his hand asking the mob to leave the cop alone and disperse. Chitwood noted that the good Samaritan did not point the gun at kids, fire in air or join the fight. He just showed up with a gun in his hand telling kids to back off.
The cop’s colleagues believe that the man’s intervention saved the police officer from ‘significant problems.’ The police also said that the 35-year-old armed citizen negotiated with the kids until backup arrived. Fortunately, he had a concealed-carry permit.
Still, the officer who tried to end the fight was badly injured at his hands, while one of his colleagues who tried to get him out ended up with an ugly leg injury from a violent teenager who hit him during the fight.
Both kids that initiated the conflict currently face multiple charges including police harassment, riot and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. They were taken into custody and await their trial in a juvenile detention facility in Delaware County.
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