In November of 2015, Deputy First Class, a 12-year-veteran, was working an accident in Estero Florida. A man came upon Bardes and an incident ensued that caused Bardes to jump in his car and pursue the fleeing man. When the man suddenly stopped and exited his vehicle, Deputy Bardes continued the pursuit.
A passerby happened to witness Deputy Bardes on the ground with the suspect on top of him. Bardes was screaming as the suspect beat him. The concerned citizen saw the Deputy was injured and repeatedly yelled at the suspect to get away from Bardes.
When the suspect refused to comply, the witness, who legally possessed a gun and a concealed carry permit, felt that the Deputy’s life was at risk. He then did the only thing he could have; he took an angle that got the Deputy out of the line of fire as much as possible. He then fired three shots, and made three hits, which proved to be fatal to the suspect. This Good Samaritan saved Deputy Bardes’ life.
Three short months later and 2000 miles away, the horrible scenario played out again. This time, the Trooper with the(DPS) was at a traffic stop when he received a report about a driver whose car was shot nearby.
He left the accident scene and proceeded to the site of the shooting call. He came across a rollover crash and saw that a woman had been ejected from the wreckage so he stopped to help. As the Trooper was working to block traffic, he was ambushed. The suspect shot him at least once in the chest-shoulder area and fought the trooper to the ground.
Luckily for the Trooper, a passerby saw the fight unfolding and stopped to help. Just as in Florida, the shooter ignored the orders by the witness to stop attacking the policeman. This Good Samaritan rushed to his car, grabbed his legal gun, and fatally shot the man attacking the Trooper. The grateful Trooper is recovering from his injuries and able to go home to his family.
The woman that had been ejected from the car died. There is some speculation that the call of shots being fired was the Trooper’s attacker shooting at cars. This gunfire may have been the cause of the rollover and the subsequent death of the woman.
It is not known how many vehicles the suspect shot at before the wreck and shooting the officer. If the suspect had killed the Trooper he probably would have resumed his prior position and ambushed other first responders coming to the scene, as the trooper was not able to send out a warning.
The gun owner saved at least one trooper’s life and probably the lives of other police, first responders, and innocent citizens.
These are two of the fortunate stories about police officers recently. 140 law enforcement officials were killed in 2016. In the first 2 weeks of the New Year, 4 more have died. Out of those 144 deaths, gunfire was the cause in 64 of them, about 44%.
Now, according to multiple different organizations, BLM), the Coalition To Stop Gun Violence, and the Brady Campaign, to name a few, claim that police are the aggressors and need to more restricted.(
If both of those were true, these two Officers would be numbered among the dead. In 2016, there were 58,072 incidents involving guns. 15,022 people were killed and 30,584 were injured. Of those 45,606, police officers were the shooters in 1,910 of them. Let’s do the math, 4.1% of people hurt or were the victims of police doing their jobs.
Those are numbers that people who cry police brutality don’t want you to know. They also would like to ignore that as of July 2016, whites were 54% of the 440 police shooting victims, blacks were 28% and Hispanics were 18%.
That is quite interesting since police have been called racist over and over again. On the other hand, between 1980 and 2013, there wereofficers killed. The breakdown of their killers; 52% were white, and 41% were black.
Police are going to kill people, it is something they are taught and expected to do in the line of duty. When they enter law enforcement, they are also accepting a higher level of risk than the average citizen. They understand that the possibility of being hurt or killed exists every day, on and off the job.
What they should not have to expect is to be the victims of hate crimes, ambushes, and being killed just because they have sworn to uphold the law.
BLM can whine and protest all they like. Black men are not being killed disproportionately by police. The numbers don’t lie but people certainly do.
This is what real heroism looks like, Obama!
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