When an after school fight broke out at Upper Darby Township, just outside of Philadelphia, two officers responded to the call. But it wasn’t long before a mob started forming, threatening the lives of the officers.
Police are crediting an armed citizen with saving the life of at least one of the officers as he was being attacked.
According to Philly.com, the officer would not have survived if the concerned citizen did not step in.
“There were 40 kids. If it wasn’t for the good Samaritan stepping forward, he’d have been dead meat,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. “There’s no doubt they would have attacked him.”
Tensions were running high on Friday as police responded to at least 3 fights near the school after hours. But one of the worst fights took place less than a mile away from school ground, where police were losing control of the situation.
An officer who broke up a fight between two teen boys that had attracted a large crowd at that location was holding one of the combatants at bay when the teen’s opponent attacked the officer, Chitwood said.
“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.”
It should be noted that the armed citizen did not have to fire his gun or even use point it at anyone in order for its presence to have an effect on the situation. His actions more than likely saved the officer’s life or at the least saved him from bodily harm.
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,” 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.
Not only did the officer who tried to break up the fight suffer significant hand injuries, Chitwood said, but an officer who responded to the request for backup also suffered a major injury to a leg when he was kicked by one of the teens in the fight.
The two juveniles in that fight each were charged with aggravated assault on police, riot, harassment, and related offenses. They were remanded to the Delaware County juvenile detention facility in Lima, Chitwood said.