On Tuesday, a pistol-packing woman saved the life of a police officer in Dawson County, Georgia. According to Fox 5 Atlanta, kind-hearted Sgt. Randy Harkness was giving a homeless man a ride to a local filling station on Highway 53 where he planned to give him some money. 

Unfortunately for the cop, the vagrant then physically assaulted the officer. According to the Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johson, the homeless man may have tried to reach for the officer's service pistol. Dawson County is located in a rural area at the north end of Georgia.

Fortunately for the cop, a woman was sitting in her car at the Chevron gas station where the assault onfolded. Seeing that the officer was in distress, she jumped out of her car and began to shoot the assailant. According to the sheriff's office, the woman shot the homeless man at least once. “She shot off a round. The guy got off the police officer and she shot another round and he was running that way I think, there was three shots,” said Aseem Kahn, the owner of the gas station.

The homeless man fled across the street to a nearby McDonald’s. There he punched an elderly woman in the face and then tried to steal her car. However, several persons at the McDonald's overpowered the vagrant and held him until the law arrived. McDonald's shift manager Sharon Cheek said of the citizens, “They are the heroes because they kept him from injuring anybody else.” Gas station-owner Kahn said, “It could have been worse, mate, thank you for that lady who was carrying.”

The wounded homeless man was hosptialized and will face charges. Sheriff Johnson said the woman is a “hero” for saving Sgt. Harkness’ life.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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