New footage has surfaced of a moment in November when a good samaritan with a gun happened to be driving by a police officer being attacked by a violent criminal in the middle of the road, when the samaritan got out of the car, aimed, and shot the attacker.
“Ashad Russell has been called a hero after he gunned down suspect Edward Strother as he was pinning Deputy Dean Barde to the ground in Estero, Florida,” reports the Daily Mail.
While other people pulled to the side of the road to watch what was happening, or snap pictures for social media, Russel snapped into action.
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Astonishing footage has emerged of the moment a Good Samaritan shot and killed a man who was attacking a police officer in the middle of the road.
Ashad Russell has been called a hero after he gunned down suspect Edward Strother as he was pinning Deputy Dean Barde to the ground in Estero, Florida.
The newly-released video of the November shooting shows Strother holding Deputy Bardes on the floor after the deputy chased the suspect several miles on I-75 and pulled him over.
Motorists pulled over to watch the incident unfold, and some took their phones out and started filming. But Russell decided to take the matter into his own hands.
Officer Barde can be heard pleading: ‘Shoot him! Shoot him!’ as he struggles with Strother on the floor.
Russell, who has a concealed weapons permit, then steps out of his car raises his gun, and fires three shots, all of which hit Strother.
Seconds later, Russell dropped his weapon and slowly walked away to wait for first responders to arrive.
On the film three shots clearly ring out as the witnesses describe seeing Strother on top of the cop.
Medics rushed Strother to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
A total of around a dozen photos and videos were handed over to the state attorney’s office, which determined the shooting was justified with the life of the deputy in danger.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office released a single photograph of the incident, praising Russell as a ‘hero’.