We were all curious how our suddenly overwhelming liberal country would react to a good guy with a gun taking down a possible cop killer. And I have to say, I am a bit stunned this was the outcome.
Chief Assistant State Attorney Amira Fox has concluded the investigation and named Ashad Russell a “hero.”
— Nicholas Garber (@NicholasGarber) 15 November 2016
After the police officer, Deputy First Class Dean Bardes, pulled over an assailant in a high speed chase, the suspect, Edward Strother, rushed from his vehicle and attacked, but Ashad Russell was there in the nick of time, warning the criminal to stop his attacks as the officer screamed for help.
After a few unacknowledged warnings, Russell shot and killed Strother. Without Russell’s help, this officer could have been severely injured or even killed by the criminal, via Independent Journal Review.
The state of Florida has decided that the “Stand Your Ground” law applied to this circumstance. Under this law, a person is immune to prosecution.
Of course, not all are pleased with this ruling. Louis Strother, the brother of the deceased, is upset with the ruling. He can’t believe Russell is being called a good Samaritan, arguing that his brother was not armed.
However, while Edward Strother was not armed, it is believed he was trying to take the deputy’s weapon and use it as a method to kill him. Further, Russell warned the attacker that if he did not stop beating the deputy, he would shoot.
After the incident took place, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott made a statement about Russell’s action, saying, “Above all, I thank the hero that recognized the imminent threat, rushed to Deputy Bardes’ aid, and ultimately stopped that threat.”
He continued, “In a day and age where race is a near instant focus for media and other pundits in police incidents, the fact is that this hero happens to be a man of color who stopped another man of color from further harming or killing a white cop; thereby reminding us that black lives matter, blue lives matter, and indeed all life matters.”
Russell’s attorney, speaking on his client’s behalf, stated that Russell does not consider himself a hero. He modestly said he is “simply a member of the Southwest Florida community.”
According to his attorney, Russell and his family will be praying for those who were involved in the attack, including the man who attacked the police officer, and others who were witnesses to the aggression before this brave American stepped in and helped.
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