Armed Bystander Protects Sheriff’s Deputy

December 7, 2017 2:01 pm

No one in this country argues about armed police officers. Disarming law enforcement isn’t even part of the discussion here, and for good reason. The idea is ridiculous.

However, there are a lot of people who would prefer that police officers were the only ones armed legally, and that actually does include a handful of police officers.

A Dawson County, GA sheriff’s deputy isn’t likely part of that number after what happened to him.

A chaotic scene in Dawson County Tuesday afternoon where what started out a good deed ended in gunfire and injuries.

It started at a Chevron on Georgia Highway 400 when 52-year-old Sgt. Randy Harkness arrived with a homeless man. Sheriff Jeff Johnson said the Harkness had given the man a courtesy ride to the gas station to help him out with a bit of money.

“He then began to give the gentleman some money just to help him out and the suspect began to physically assault him,” said Sheriff Johnson.

The sheriff said a woman in a car at the Chevron witnessed the assault, got out of her car, gun in hand, and fired on the homeless man attacking Harkness. Eyewitnesses in the gas station saw it unfold.

“She shot off, a round. The guy got off the police officer and she shot another round and he was running that way I think, there was three shots,” said Aseem Kahn, owner of the station.

The sheriff’s office told FOX 5 News, the man, who’d been hit by at least one slug, ran across the street to this McDonald’s where he attacked an elderly woman in the parking lot.

The heroic bystander declined to speak publicly about her actions, but Sheriff Johnson said, “I truly believe she’s a hero. I believe she thankfully saved this officer’s life.”

I’m inclined to agree.

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