Shoot Straight Gun Store Gives New Gun To Man Who Saved Florida Deputy

The Shoot Straight gun store gave a gun to the man who saved an officer from being killed. PIcutres, the assailant beating Deputy Dean Bardes

The Shoot Straight gun store gave a gun to the man who saved an officer from being killed. PIcutres, the assailant beating Deputy Dean Bardes

Shoot Straight Gun Store Gives New Gun To Man Who Saved Florida Deputy

Estero, Florida – The Fort Meyers Shoot Straight gun store is giving a new gun to the man who saved an officer’s life in Florida earlier this week.

On Monday in Estero, Florida, Deputy First Class Dean Bardes, a 12 year veteran of the Lee County Sheriff’s office was working a wreck on I-75 when a vehicle drove past him at very high speeds, nearly striking him. Deputy Bardes pursued the vehicle for several miles until it finally stopped.

As soon as Deputy Bardes exited his patrol car, 53-year-old Edward Strother rushed the deputy and slammed him on the ground. Strother then mounted Deputy Bardes and started pummeling him.

Good thing a brave bystander with a concealed carry permit just happened to be passing by. A citizen hero, who wishes to stay anonymous, approached Strother and told him several times to get off of Deputy Bardes. When the assailant refused and continued beating Bardes, the bystander shot 3 three times, killing Strother.

Officer Bardes was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

By law, the bystander’s weapon had to be taken as evidence during the investigation of the shooting.

One gun store wasn’t about to let this police officer-saving hero walk around unarmed though.

Mark Williams, the manager at Shoot Straight Gun Store, gave the sheriff’s department a call and set up a visit for the bystander to come by and pick out a new gun free of charge. Shoot Straight gun store ended up giving the hero a Springfield XDS.

Check out Shoot Straight’s website here.

Sheriff Mike Scott of the Lee County Sheriff’s Department released this statement about the incident

The multiple egregious acts of aggression toward law enforcement officers across this country over the recent past have taken us all by surprise. Just this last weekend four (4) law enforcement officers lost their lives to deadly attacks.

Deputy Dean Bardes faced a similar set of circumstances on the morning of November 14, 2016. After a short vehicle pursuit Dean found himself in the fight of his life as he served to preserve the peace and dignity of this fine community. At the end of the pursuit Dean was viciously attacked by the motorist he just stopped.

During this brutal confrontation Dean sustained physical injuries which he will recover from. I appreciate Dean’s courage, and I pray for his full recovery.

I want to thank the many motorists who offered themselves as eyewitnesses. My deepest and sincere appreciation goes to the citizen who engaged the crazed assailant and stopped the imminent threat of great bodily harm or death to our Deputy.

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