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Bystander footage captures Good Samaritan about to shoot and kill man who was attacking cop: DISTURBING CONTENT

March 17, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Bystander footage captures Good Samaritan about to shoot and kill man who was attacking cop: DISTURBING CONTENT

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Shocking footage has surfaced of the moment a Good Samaritan fatally shot a man who was assaulting a police officer in the middle of the street.

Ashad Russell has been praised as a hero after he shot armed suspect Edward Strother while he was beating up Deputy Dean Barde in Estero, Florida, NBC2 News reported.

The newly-released footage of the November incident shows Strother pinning Deputy Bardes on the ground after the officer pursued him for several miles on I-75 before he was finally pulled over.

Drivers stopped to watch the conflict unfold, and some even took out their phones and started recording.

However, Russell decided to take matters into his hands and drew his gun instead.

Officer Barde is heard begging: “Shoot him! Shoot him!” as he grapples with Strother to the floor.

Russell, who has a concealed weapons permit, got out of his car raised his gun, and fired three times, all of which struck Strother.

Moments later, Good Samaritan dropped his gun and walked away to wait for first responders.

In the video, three shots are seen as the witnesses describe seeing the suspect on top of the officer.

Medics raced Strother to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Approximately a dozen photos and videos were given to the state attorney’s office.

They concluded the shooting was justified with the deputy’s life in danger.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office released a single picture of the incident, referring to Russell as a “hero.”

Sheriff Mike Scott praised both the deputy and his savior as heroes in a heartfelt Facebook post.

Strother, 53 (left) died in hospital from his injuries. Deputy Sheriff Bardes (right) was not seriously hurt because of Russell’s actions. His colleagues have thanked Russell for stepping in

“Two heroes met on I-75, and they had never met before, but one would save the others life. Ironically, this was the first day that Deputy Bardes was alone on patrol because as a Field Training Officer, he typically has a recruit riding with him to learn the business,” he said.

Honoring the man who saved his colleague’s life, Sheriff Scott stated: “I thank the hero that recognized the threat, rushed to Deputy Bardes’ aid, and ultimately stopped that threat. In a day and age where race is a focus for media and other pundits in police incidents, the fact is that this hero happens to be a man of color who stopped another man of color from further harming or killing a white cop; thereby reminding us that black lives matter, blue lives matter, and all life matters.”

Bardes was rushed to the hospital along with his attacker but did not sustain serious injuries.

Not one 911 call was made from the scene.

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