A witness captured on video the dramatic moment a driver with a concealed carry permit got out of his car, aimed his gun at a man who was beating a woman and rescued her.
The unidentified man, who is hailed by witnesses as a hero, was driving down a road in the city of Southlake near Dallas, Texas, on Friday when he saw a man, later identified as 28-year-old MacMichael Nwaiwu, attacking a woman in the street. The driver then pulled over, stepped out of his car and held up his gun, pointing it at the red car on the other side of the road.
Witness Lindsey Bryant, captured the incident on video. It shows Nwaiwu stepping out of the car and holding his hands up. Bryant was sitting in her car on a nearby intersection when she saw the confrontation and began filming while her sister Mistina Donald called 911. Moments later, police patrol cars arrived at the scene and pointed their guns at the unidentified man. However, they then took Nwaiwu into custody. A statement released by Southlake Police Chief Steven Mylett read:
While we commend this citizen’s willingness to get involved in order to protect a victim of crime, the Southlake Police Department does not encourage the public to expose themselves in such a manner.
The statement insisted that witnesses should instead call 911. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. The unidentified man, hailed by witnesses as a hero, was driving along a road in the city of Southlake near Dallas, Texas, when he saw a driver attacking the female passenger.
2. Police arrived moments later and ordered the motorists to surrender, however they later arrested the suspect in the red car.
3. MacMichael Nwaiwu, 28 has identified as the man in the red car and is in Keller Jail facing charges of assault.
Mistina Donald told CBS DFW:
It was intense not knowing whether bullets were going to start flying from either side of the street. It’s amazing that in this day in age that people are willing to reach out and help.
I hope more people see this and are willing to go the extra mile for someone who like this woman, didn’t have a voice and couldn’t speak up for herself.
Following his arrest, Nwaiwu was later booked into the Keller Jail.
In a post on the Southlake Department of Public Safety’s Facebook page, Police Chief Mylett added:
Preliminary investigation revealed the individual with the firearm had observed an assault in progress inside a vehicle; specifically, a man physically assaulting his female front seat passenger.
The witness, a concealed handgun license holder, believed the female passenger to be in imminent danger of a felony offense. When both vehicles stopped, the witness exited his vehicle and confronted the suspect of the assault at gunpoint.
Vehicular traffic stopped in both directions on FM 1709 until police arrived.
The suspect of the assault, identified as MacMichael Nwaiwu was arrested at the scene and transported to the Keller jail.
Due to the unusual circumstances in this case, the Southlake Police Department consulted with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office to determine if the witness had committed any violations of law.
Based on the available information at the scene, the District Attorney’s Office did not believe the witness violated any State law. The Southlake Police Department continues to investigate this incident and will work closely with the District Attorney’s Office until this investigation is closed.
So they “did not believe” that the woman’s rescuer had broken any laws. That doesn’t sound definitive, does it?
And here is the video report:
Source: CBS DFW.
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