INCREDIBLE. Capital letters totally necessary. My heart is literally racing after watching that. Should I get a gun? Have the gun people been right all this time? How long until Hollywood makes a movie about this? So many questions.
Newly released footage from the Florida State Attorney’s office shows the moment a good samaritan shot and killed a man attacking a Florida police officer back in November.
On November 14, Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Bardes was being savagely beaten by 53-year-old Edward Strother. According to Amira Fox, the state’s chief assistant attorney, Strother was punching Bardes and reaching for his firearm. Bardes pleaded for the help of a passerby, named Ashad Russell, who then shot and killed Strother.
Bardes was assisting two Florida Highway Patrol troopers with a vehicle crash on I-75 in Estero when he observed a gray Toyota Camry driving by at a “high rate of speed,” according to the police report. When Bardes attempted to stop on the car, the driver, Strother, stopped in the roadway and pointed a gun at Bardes before continuing southbound, the police report states.
Strother eventually came to a stop on an off-ramp and attacked Bardes. Passer-by Ashad Russell told police, according to the report, that Strother jumped “over the driver’s door” of Bardes’ patrol car, “landed on top of him” and began “beating” him violently.
Bardes called out to Russell, “Please shoot him,” as he protected his gun from Strother, according to the police report. Russell gave “numerous commands” for Strother to get off Bardes, the report states.
Russell, 35, who had a legally permitted concealed weapon, fired three rounds, striking the suspect. The third shot, which hit Strother in the neck, is assumed to be the fatal shot, according to officials. According to one witness at the scene, Strother told Russell, “You better kill me,” after being shot a second time.
Russel has a concealed weapons permit and was not charged in Strother’s death because of Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
On November 14, 2016, Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Bardes was being savagely beaten by 53-year-old Edward Strother. Strother was shot and killed by good samaritan passerby Ashad Russell.
Who is Ashad Russell?
Ashad Russell is a Lehigh Acres, Florida resident who fired at Edward Strother, 53, of Ocala, on November 14, 2016, after Strother didn’t respond to commands to stop beating Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Bardes.
In a statement released by his attorney, Russell said he is “not a law enforcement officer” and is “simply a member of the Southwest Florida community.”
“Mr. Russell, along with many others, witnessed a man violently remove Deputy Bardes from his marked patrol car and attack him,” the statement reads. “Despite multiple commands from Deputy Bardes and Mr. Russell to stop, this man did not, and Mr. Russell intervened.”