Daily Mail reports:
A Good Samaritan saved a sheriff deputy’s life on Monday, when an enraged man started beating the police officer during a traffic stop.
The incident happened in the morning, on I-75 in Estero, Florida, near the Corkscrew Road exit.
The officer, identified by WinkNews.com as Deputy First Class Dean Bardes, was working on the freeway when he tried to pull over a man driving a blue Toyota.
Instead, the man took off going more than 100 miles per hour. Bardes, a 12 year veteran of the force, gave chase before the two finally came to a stop on the off-ramp.
That’s when the driver got out of his car and got into a confrontation with Bardes, beating the officer on the side of the road. Bardes has allegedly told supervisors that the man was armed.
Another man was driving past the scene and witnessed the brutal beating. So he got out of the car and told the man repeatedly to get off of the officer.
Another witness, Shanta Holditch, told NBC 2 that the suspect ‘refused to get off the officer and the officer kept yelling, “shoot him, shoot him, shoot him,”‘ to the other man.
The other man, who had a concealed weapons license, complied and shot the suspect three times.
‘I heard like three shots. He fell down on top of the police officer,’ Mr Smith, a witness, said. ‘After a moment, the police officer rolled him back over, got on his mic, then rolled over back on the ground besides the guy.’
Both the suspect and the officer were taken to the hospital. The suspect died from his injuries while the officer was treated and released. Deputy Bardes was not shot in the incident.
Neither the suspect or the Good Samaritan have been identified.
The ramp was closed for more than nine hours on Monday, as investigators combed the scene for evidence.