In another example of a gun-carrying citizen saving a life, a Marine veteran was able to assist a Texas deputy who was fighting for his life.
Bastrop County sheriff spokeswoman put it well when saying,
“I think it’s important to note, with the uproar that we have on gun laws, that had Mr. Perkins not had his concealed gun on him, that suspect would have likely not paid attention to him,” Jones said.
“This is a situation where being a license to carry holder truly did save a life.”
According to statesman.com, the deputy involved in the struggle is giving full credit for being alive to the concealed carrier.
“Freeze!” Scott Perkins yelled as he pulled out his concealed handgun, pointing at the suspect.
“I’m alive today because of him,” the deputy, 23-year-old Dylan Dorris said Wednesday, reflecting on the events surrounding a disturbance call outside a Bastrop County gas station Jan. 16. “There are no words to explain it. He’s such an outstanding citizen. He’s here for our country, our community and you really feel the love.”
Perkins’ actions caused the suspect to leave Dorris and flee, before he was detained and taken into custody by another deputy and Dorris shortly after.
Kenton Desean Fryer, 32, of Arkansas was arrested on charges of aggravated assault of a public servant, taking an officer’s weapon, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and driving while under the influence with a child under 15. He is in Bastrop County Jail on $50,000 bail.
Before Perkins intervened, Dorris arrived at the scene at Watterson Road off Texas 304 close to 9:45 p.m. on Jan. 16 in response to a report of a man driving erratically with one of his children in the vehicle, officials said. When Dorris tried to stop the vehicle, the man drove away and then pulled into a gas station.
The man then resisted arrest and that’s when the fight ensued, Dorris said.
The supervising officer said that most people probably would have just kept driving by and that is was special for Perkins to stop and help.
Perkins served 2 tours in Iraq as a Marine but says he does not see himself as a hero.
“Anytime somebody is in need of help you should assist them. It doesn’t matter whether your life is in danger or not, you should always assist anybody who is in need,” Perkins said.
Perkins will be involved in the legal process and the department says they plan on honoring the concealed carrier for his efforts in saving the deputy’s life.
Another concealed carrier saved a life, and since you won’t see this on the news tonight, you might as well share it with as many people as you can.