On January 16, a Marine veteran with a concealed carry permit drew his gun and successfully came to the rescue of a Bastrop County deputy who was under assault.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, around 9:45 p.m. in Bastrop, Texas, 23-year-old Deputy Dylan Dorris responded to reports of “a man driving erratically” with a child in the vehicle. As Dorris attempted to stop the vehicle, the man continued to drive, eventually pulling into a gas station.
When Dorris tried to apprehend the suspect, a fight ensued and became so vicious that the deputy could not get his hand on the radio to call for backup. The suspect was reportedly attempting to take Dorris’ gun, and Dorris remembers telling himself, “Just keep fighting, keep fighting. Do whatever you can do, just stay alive. You need to go home.”
Scott Perkins, a Marine who served two tours in Iraq and possesses a concealed handgun license, then emerged. Perkins saw what was happening, pulled over, and ran to Deputy Dorris’ aid. Upon reaching the scene of the fight, Perkins drew his gun and yelled, “Freeze!” The suspect complied.
Shortly thereafter, 32-year-old “Kenton Desean Fryer, 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.”
Speaking after the incident, Perkins said, “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.”
Deputy Dorris credits Perkins with saving his life that night in Bastrop.
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