Newly released footage shows an altercation that happened on November 16, 2016 in Estero, Florida where an armed passerby shoots a man who is brutally assaulting a sheriff’s deputy.
When a Lee County sheriff’s deputy Dean Bardes attempted to make a routine traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle sped off, forcing the deputy to engage in a chase. The suspect, who was speeding at rates of 100 miles per hour, finally succumbed and exited his vehicle. He approached the deputy’s car and began beating him.
Bardes was in a dangerous situation when a passerby saw what was happening and came to his aid. The armed man shot and killed the suspect after he ignored demands to stop assaulting the officer. Video of the incident has only just been made public. It clearly shows the armed passerby helping the deputy and others sitting in their vehicles and watching.
In February, the State Attorney’s Office ruled that the armed bystander–35-year-old Ashad Russell–“acted lawfully” in killing the suspect, 53-year-old Edward Strother. Deputy Dean Bardes was treated at a hospital after the incident and was subsequently released.