Florida Deputy First Class Dean Bardes attempted to make what he thought would be a simple traffic stop on Monday. However, it could have been fatal for him had a good Samaritan with a gun not been passing by at just the right moment. The hero citizen with a concealed carry permit did what he had to do to save the cop, and three days later, he got a shocking surprise he wasn’t expecting.
The armed passerby saw the officer down on the ground with the suspect, Edward Strother, on top of him, beating Bardes’ head into the pavement. The violence was the result of simply being pulled over for speeding and nearly striking the cop who was roadside.
Strother decided that attempting to take this 12-year police veteran’s life was better than facing the consequences of a ticket. When given a chance to stop before being shot, he chose to keep pummeling the cop.
According to Blue Lives Matter, the armed citizen, who wishes to remain anonymous, pointed the gun at Strothers and told him to get off Deputy Bardes several times. Since he refused to follow orders, the gun-owner was within his right to shoot since the officer’s life was in imminent danger. He struck Struthers three times, killing him on the scene.
By law, the concealed carry owner lost his weapon to the investigation, and since it will be stored as evidence, it’s unlikely that he’ll ever get it back, at least not anytime soon. He was now defenseless after saving an officer’s life unless he pays to replace the pricey weapon out of his own pocket. However, one gun store had a better idea in mind.
To show appreciation for his bravery and the unwavering respect this man showed for police, who have people’s backs every day, Shoot Straight gun store owner Mark Williams in Fort Meyers had a special offer. He called Bardes’ police department three days after the incident and made arrangements for the civilian hero to come to his store and pick out any concealed carry gun he wanted.
The brave civilian ended up making a great choice, selecting a Springfield XDS, and he is now armed and safe again, thanks to the generosity of Shoot Straight. It’s awesome to see Americans honor police and heroes who have their backs after so much disrespect has been shown toward law enforcement officers from our current president who supports the lawlessness of Black Lives Matter. Thugs are in for a big surprise from President-elect Donald Trump, who isn’t going to make excuses for their criminal behavior and will ensure they get the punishment they deserve.