Police: Concealed Permit Holder Saves Officer Surrounded By Mob

By AWR Hawkins

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Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)-  On February 5th 2016, an armed citizen saved an Upper Darby police officer who was under assault and encircled by a mob of onlookers.

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said “there is no doubt they would have attacked” the officer without the armed citizen’s intervention.

According to Philly.com, the officer was breaking up a fight between two Upper Darby High School students–after school had let out for the day–and one of the students jumped the officer. Superintendent Chitwood said, “As he breaks up the fight, he takes one kid and then the other jumps [on] him. Now he’s fighting two of them and he’s calling for an assist officer at the same time. There’s a crowd of 40 or 50 kids watching the fight, and they all move in towards the officer.”

An area resident with a concealed carry permit saw the officer struggling and the crowd closing in, so he grabbed his gun and ran to the officer’s defense. The resident ordered the kids to get away from the officer and kept them away until sufficient backup arrived. Chitwood said, “He had the gun in his hand, but he didn’t point it at the kids, he just told them to back off. If this guy didn’t come out and come to the aid of the officer, this officer would have had significant problems.”

The officer who was under attack suffered “significant hand injuries” and the first officer to respond to calls for backup “suffered a major injury to a leg when he was kicked by one of the teens in the fight.”

Both teens “were charged with aggravated assault on police, riot, harassment, and related offenses.” Six other “youths” were arrested for fighting at other locations near the school on Friday as well.

After the incident was over, Chitwood restated police commitment to getting kids home safe after school and said, “I can’t emphasize it enough, but the majority of these kids are decent kids.”

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins.

  • 14 thoughts on “Police: Concealed Permit Holder Saves Officer Surrounded By Mob

    1. One concern, one question: In a situation like this, how does a civilian wanting to help avoid being taken for a criminal by a second officer arriving at the scene? Suppose, for example, that for some reason the first officer is unable to talk, was knocked unconscious or is badly hurt? A LEO arriving on site will try to evaluate the situation and weigh the threat. If he is unaware of what was going on, he may thing the guy with the gun on his hand is the perpetrator. We may feel threatened and (over)react and shoot first. This guy sure did the right thing. Gutsy! Kudos!

    2. “…but the majority of these kids are decent kids.”

      And yet not a single one of them made a move to intervene or help the officer ?

    3. John, you are correct in your sentiment. A second LEO could indeed become a danger to the intervening citizen. The best course of action would be for the citizen to call the police department beforehand if possible, and alert the dispatcher as to the situattion. The other proper procedure would be to secure the firearm as soon as safely possible so as not to appear as a threat to arriving officers. We don’t want our secondary heroes to get hurt and suffer from the old adage, “no good deed goes unpunished”.

    4. John, you are correct in your sentiment. A second LEO could indeed become a danger to the intervening citizen. The best course of action would be for the citizen to call the police department beforehand if possible, and alert the dispatcher as to the situation. The other proper procedure would be to secure the firearm as soon as safely possible so as not to appear as a threat to arriving officers. We don’t want our secondary heroes to get hurt and suffer from the old adage, “no good deed goes unpunished”.

    5. Rusty,
      My thoughts exactly. What’s with the BS always after the fact of something this outrageous that they ‘are good kids’. This is bullsh*t.

    6. Two comments are so very stupid to the core of our American society. Number 1 is the chimp reference and the other is the “OBAMA KIDS” reference. Do you have your hood on? The one that blinds you and actually makes you the subhuman. I can see you as the hairy shouldered one slightly bent forward with a uni-brow, scratching your balls and giggling. HAVING FUN? Yes you are. Look in the mirror when sh*t comes down. You’ll see who you really are.

    7. Sorry “bill wisecarver” But facts and history show that you are totally ignorant and completely wrong.
      I bet you think ALL the killings in Chicago are cops killing innocent people, the same as Detroit and the other liberal run cities.

    8. Just because the kids didn’t intervene doesn’t mean they don’t care. They are normal kids and to expect them to react as very few adults would, disparages their character. In case it didn’t occur to you, the reason armed officers are on sight is because that is what it take to handle the bad guys; not student peer pressure.

    9. Robert,

      What you say as a general rule, concerning peer pressure, is true. However, being of the old school mindset, having been born in 1957, my grand folks raised me to believe that I had a higher duty, a greater responsibility than that of my friends, or of the other guy.

      Were the situation as described in the article to have occurred when I was that age, and in that environnement, my grand folks would have required me to step in and help that officer.

      Yes, I might expect to have a few others out of that group target me for retribution at a later date, but their retribution would be nothing compared to the disappointment my grandparents would have shown me in their faces, concerning my cowardice in dealing with such a challenge.

      Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be the concept of a greater duty, a concept of personal integrity, any longer taught by parents, or in society itself.

    10. Any person 18 years of age or older, healthy, mentally stable, and physical able, has the formidable responsibility to come to the aid of the law enforcement officer; in any safe, lawful way possible at their disposal. In this case, at the very least, there should have been a dozen or more 911 calls made from the crowd that had gathered there. A more hefty or physically powered group of students like, football or hockey players, wrestlers, volleyball or basketball players, could have intervened physically and leadership wise, on behalf of the officer being attached. Thank God for the armed and brave citizen who put a halt to the bait ball feeding frenzy by ordering the crowd to back off in such a way as to say;” I know my place here so I’m not waving my gun around, but I will use it if you don’t know your places now!” I believe his actions saved several lives in that incident, including the officer’s, the many wild students’, and his own!

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