Police: Armed Citizen Intervenes, Saves Officer Under Attack

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An armed citizen in Swansboro, North Carolina, intervened Monday morning and saved an officer who was allegedly under attack on the side of the road.

The citizen, John Babbie, was driving on N.C. 24 when he saw an officer and suspect wrestling on the side of the road.

The Daily News reports that Babbie pulled in behind the police car, pulled his .40 caliber Smith & Wesson, and approached the two men. He got close to the man wrestling the officer and said, “Stop resisting, stop resisting.” He then told the man to roll over on his stomach.

The man looked at Babbie, saw the gun pointed at him, and “complied.” Babbie said, “I’m glad nothing bad happened.”

Law enforcement soon swarmed the scene and arrested the suspect, 32-year-old Michael Lynn Lee Jr. He was charged “with possession of methamphetamine, resisting a public officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a revoked license.”

Swansboro Police Chief Ken Jackson spoke about the incident, saying, “While this was happening, people were at home feeding their children or still asleep while an officer is alone on the side of the road. Nobody knows at that very same time, that police officers are on the job rolling around in a ditch.”

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