Police officers in Philadelphia, about 8 of them, are tasked with controlling around 4,000 students as they leave Upper Darby High School each afternoon.
Last Friday, for reasons still unknown, multiple fights broke out among the crowd among several dozen students. The officers were caught right in the middle of the action.
Two officers faced injuries so severe in the melee that it may end their careers. It looked like another officer was going to fall victim to the mob, then a concealed carrier stepped in.
According to Philly.com’s account of the story:
“As he breaks up the fight, he takes one kid and then the other jumps [on] him. Now he’s fighting two of them and he’s calling for an assist officer at the same time,” Chitwood said. “There’s a crowd of 40 or 50 kids watching the fight, and they all move in towards the officer.”
That’s when the good Samaritan, who lives on the block, came out of his house with a gun in his hand and told the teens to get away from the cop, Chitwood said.
“He had the gun in his hand, but he didn’t point it at the kids, he just told them to back off,” Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. “If this guy didn’t come out and come to the aid of the officer, this officer would have had significant problems.”
The 35-year-old gun owner, who has a concealed-carry permit, kept the group of teens at bay until responding officers arrived, Chitwood said.
“There were 40 kids. If it wasn’t for the good Samaritan stepping forward, he’d have been dead meat,” Chitwood said. “There’s no doubt they would have attacked him.”
Eight teens have been arrested in the incident so far and more may face charges once the investigation is complete. It is unknown how many, if any, will be charged as an adult.