Edward Strother was pulled over by Sheriff Deputy First Class Dean Bardes for speeding on Interstate 75. But clearly Strother was not happy with this, as shortly after being stopped, he began punching and attacking Bardes. Thankfully, Ashad Russell was in the area and after warning Strother to stop attacking Barnes, Russell shot him three times in the neck, killing him instantly.
Russell was praised for his quick actions by the law enforcement community.
The SAO determined that Russell was “justified in using deadly force when he reasonably believed that the use of such force was necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to Deputy Dean Bardes or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony upon Deputy Bardes.”
Brother of Strother is clearly not happy due to the fact that his brother clearly was not armed. Perhaps he should’ve thought twice about his actions before attacking a police officer?
A passerby who shot and killed a man who was attacking a Florida sheriff’s deputy will not face any criminal charges.
The State Attorney’s Office formally cleared Ashad Russell, reports the Daily Mail.
Russell, 35, came to the rescue of Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Dean Bardes on Nov. 14, when he saw Edward Strother attacking the deputy on Interstate 75.