Good Samaritan With Concealed-Carry Permit Saves PA Officer Under Assault

A Good Samaritan with a concealed-carry permit came to the defense of a police officer under attack this past week near Philadelphia, likely saving the officer from significant injury.

The incident began after Upper Darby police officers were called to the area of Upper Darby High School to monitor the nearly 4,000 students as they left school. Several fights broke out among the students and officers were needed to break up the fights.

At one of the fights, an officer separated two assailants, holding one of the suspects away from the other. That’s when the other combatant decided to attack the officer and soon both ganged up on the outnumbered police.

The officer called for backup; however, a large crowd of 40-50 onlookers soon began to descend upon the officer.

That’s when a 35-year old neighbor emerged, holding a gun, and commanded the students to back away from the police officer. 

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael 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. If this guy didn't come out and come to the aid of the officer, this officer would have had significant problems.”

The officer, along with other officers on scene, suffered significant injuries. Multiple students were arrested and charged with crimes ranging from aggravated assault on police, riot, and  harassment.

The incident marks at least the second time in only a few weeks where a citizen with a concealed-weapons permit came to the defense of a police officer under assault. 


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