Last November, in the Florida city of Estero, Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Bardes was caught on tape being pummeled by 53-year-old Edward Strother.
While other people stood around and recorded the scene with their cellphones, Ashad Russell pulled out his handgun and shot Strother three times, eventually killing the assailant.
Bardes was working a traffic accident when Strother drove by at a high rate of speed. Bardes attempted to stop him, and Strother initially stopped in the middle of the road, then pointed a gun at Bardes and sped away.
Strother eventually stopped, but when he exited his vehicle, he came at Bardes and pulled him from his patrol car and slammed him to the ground. Strother then straddled Bardes and beat him, violently slamming his head into the asphalt repeatedly, all of which was witnessed by the armed citizen, Ashad Russell.
Russell approached the altercation and repeatedly told Strother to stop beating Bardes, but he refused to comply and continued to reach for the deputy’s gun. As Bardes struggled to keep control of his weapon, he yelled at Russell to shoot Strother.
After numerous warnings had continued to go ignored, Russell opened fire, striking Strother multiple times. Another witness said before the final, fatal shot Strother told Russell, “You better kill me.” The third shot, which struck Strother in the neck, was said to be the fatal blow.
An obviously disheartened Russell then turned, dropped his gun to the ground, and walked away. Russell, who was hailed a hero, later revealed he was in shock after the shooting. (video below)
The war on cops continues to grow in the United States. Fortunately, one armed citizen stopped yet another thug from taking a blue life.