Earlier this week, a Florida citizen may have saved the life of a sheriff’s deputy that was being attacked by a motorist he’d pulled over. The assailant had pinned the sheriff who was unable to get to his gun. But the armed citizen didn’t hesitate.
When the deputy called for help, the bystander drew his gun, issued a verbal warning, then shot the man three times. After the shooting, as is standard in such occurrences, the citizen had to turn over his pistol as evidence.
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And now he’s got a new gun. Shoot Straight felt like the bystander’s actions needed to be honored, so they reached out to the Lee County Sheriff’s office in an attempt to find the good Samaritan.
“He had to impound the gun for evidence,” Mark Williams, manager of the company’s Fort Myers location, said. “We wanted to donate a gun so this man’s not unarmed.”
Edward Strother, the assailant, died in the shooting. The deputy had been directing traffic on I-75 when Strother drove past recklessly. After a chase, the deputy pulled him over, but Strother attacked him. The bystander warned Strother to stop attacking the deputy. He didn’t. The deputy, pinned beneath him on the ground, was unable to get to his weapons.
The sheriff’s office is calling the bystander a “Good Samaritan,” and it doesn’t appear that any charges will be filed–though the case is under investigation.
“I know he wants to stay anonymous,” Williams said. “He’s a super nice guy. He doesn’t want any attention.”
So the bystander showed up at Shoot Straight, showed his concealed weapon permit and passed a background check. When he was cleared, the company gave him a new gun. No word on which gun, though.
“The sheriff is calling him a hero,” Williams said. “If they were comfortable with him getting a gun, I was completely comfortable with giving him a gun.”