Passerby Shoots, Kills Motorist Fighting With Deputy During Traffic Stop
A passerby shot and killed a motorist who was fighting with a Florida sheriff’s deputy after warning him to stop hitting the officer.
A Lee County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to make a traffic stop around 9:30 am Monday morning, but the driver instead sped up and was driving at more than 100 miles per hour, forcing the police officer to chase after him.
The 12 year veteran deputy, Dean Bardes and the suspect both stopped at one of the exit ramps. Sources said that Barnes told his supervisors that the suspect was armed.
Shanta Holditch told WZVN that the suspect pulled Bardes out of the car and “just kept beating him and beating him … throwing him to the ground and punching him in all different directions.”
A different driver, who had a concealed weapons license saw the incident and got out of his car and warned the suspect to stop beating the officer or he would be shot.
“[He] refused to get off the officer and the officer kept yelling, ‘shoot him, shoot him, shoot him,’ Holditch said.
The man then shot the suspect beating the cop three times, killing him.
The suspect and the person who shot him have yet to be identified.
Bardes received minor injuries during the attack and was later released from Lee Memorial Hospital.