*Warning for disturbing content.
Florida law enforcement officials recently released graphic footage of an armed citizen shooting and killing another man in defense of a Florida deputy who was being attacked in the middle of an interstate highway.
Passerby Ashad Russell, who possessed a concealed carry permit at the time of the November 14 incident, came to the aid of Lee County Deputy Dean Barde, who was being brutally beaten by armed suspect Edward Strother, 53.
At the time of the incident, Strother was atop and punching the deputy and reaching for his own handgun when the deputy shouted for Russell to “Please, shoot him!”
The deputy’s attacker was pronounced dead at the scene after he received three gun shot wounds.
ABC News reported:
Bardes was assisting two Florida Highway Patrol troopers with a vehicle crash on I-75 in Estero when he observed a gray Toyota Camry driving by at a “high rate of speed,” according to the police report. When Bardes attempted to stop on the car, the driver, Strother, stopped in the roadway and pointed a gun at Bardes before continuing southbound, the police report states.
Strother eventually came to a stop on an off-ramp and attacked Bardes. Passer-by Ashad Russell told police, according to the report, that Strother jumped “over the driver’s door” of Bardes’ patrol car, “landed on top of him” and began “beating” him violently.
While other motorists stopped and reached for their cell phone cameras, Russell reached for his weapon.
He approached the two men with his gun drawn and repeatedly gave Strother “numerous commands” to get off Bardes. At one point, according to an eyewitness, Strother told Russell, “You better kill me.”
Clip via ABC News (Raw footage below.)
Immediately after the shooting Russell, who was declared a hero, turned away, dropped his gun to the ground and waited in his car for the arrival of additional law enforcement officers.
Russell claimed later that the experience left him in shock.
Here’s the raw footage of the shooting.
Clip via Daily Mail
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