The job of a police officer is not just difficult, but extremely dangerous. Although their training and equipment are meant to help keep them safe, even they remain vulnerable to aggressive “bad guys” that want to harm them.

That was the case with Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Bardes, who had just stopped a vehicle on a highway in Florida when the driver got out of the car and, for reasons not explained in the video, got into a physical altercation with the officer. That’s when a bystander intervened and did something that nobody expected.

This story has raised a lot of questions, particularly concerning the use of lethal force with a legally obtained firearm. Though not everyone agrees that the bystander should have acted as judge, jury, and executioner by killing the attacker, the fact remains that he prevented the officer from sustaining serious injury.

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