An Ohio police officer recently found himself pinned to the ground by a suspect high on crystal meth and going for his gun, but a brave citizen with a concealed-weapons permit stopped the attack before anyone was killed.
Inside Edition reports that Cpl. Michael Wheeler of Ohio’s Mt. Vernon Police Department was called about a homeless man high on drugs and sleeping on someone's porch. The routine stop became dangerous as the "very irritated and out of sorts" suspect started wrestling with the officer. Wheeler was on his back with the man straddling him and reaching for his gun. Adding to the mayhem, the officer's radio had been ripped off and he was unable to call for backup.
But suddenly, Wheeler noticed the suspect stop and sit back with his hands up. Not knowing what was going on, the officer looked up to see a civilian, Dylan DeBoard, with his legally carried gun pointed at the suspect. This allowed the officer to flip the suspect over and place him in handcuffs.
“I’ve never been in that situation before,” Wheeler, a 14-year department veteran, said according to IE. “I’ve always been able to take control of a situation.”
DeBoard was honored for his brave actions and given the city's Citizen's Award of Valor by Wheeler himself. Since the incident, the officer says he stops by DeBoard's house quite often to say thanks.
"Every time I see him I let him know how much I appreciate what he did," Wheeler said.
As contempt for cops and gun owners continues to rise in society, these stories are a much-needed reminder of why good cops and good guys with guns are a necessity for law and order. It's something Cpl. Wheeler wishes there was more of:
"I wish a lot more of society would do what he did. There were people standing around, but they were just watching. I kept wondering why people didn’t do anything.”