A tense standoff In Southlake, Texas was resolved after authorities disarmed a concealed carrier… and then arrested the man that the concealed carrier had drawn his gun on for assaulting a female passenger.
nvestigators sorted out the situation and determined the man with the gun was actually trying to help.
Chief Steve Mylett with the Southlake Police Department said the man had just witnessed the driver of the red vehicle hitting his female passenger. Police arrested MacMichael Nwaiwu, 28, who is now in jail.
“It’s amazing that in this day in age that people are willing to reach out and help,” said Doland.
Chief Mylett released a statement writing in part:
“While we commend this citizen’s willingness to get involved in order to protect a victim of a crime, the Southlake Police Department does not encourage the public to expose themselves in such a manner.”
Police have not released the name of the man many are calling a good Samaritan.
Bryant and her sister said whoever the mystery man is deserves thanks.
“I hope more people see this and are willing to go the extra mile for someone who like this woman, didn’t have a voice and couldn’t speak up for herself,” said Bryant.
While it was certainly the moral thing to do for the concealed carrier to intercede on behalf of the woman being attacked by Nwaiwu, it is always incredibly dangerous to interject yourself into a domestic violence situation, which are known for instability on behalf of both actors. It is also unclear why the concealed carrier drew his gun, or had it pointed in the direction of both the suspect and the victim.
The woman in this instance chose to identify Nwaiwu as the aggressor and sent him to jail for assault, but she could have just as easily claimed that the good Samaritan was the aggressor, and sent him to jail as well, or instead.
In many other states both men might have wound up in jail, with the concealed carrier facing the much more serious charge of assault with a deadly weapon for pointing the gun at Nwaiwu and in the direction of the victim trapped in the car.
Again, we’re not saying that you shouldn’t act, merely pointing out that you have to be cognizant of where you are, and whether or not your decision to intercede is going to put people in greater danger than they already face. In this instance the good Samaritan was lucky to get off with just having a police officer point a gun at him and temporarily handcuff him until the female passenger and witnesses were able to determine who the bad gun was in this situation.
All’s well that ends well, right?