A West Allis, Wisc., man stumbled upon a dangerous — and potentially deadly — situation while driving home at 4 a.m. on Tuesday. Charlie Blackmore, a Marine Corps veteran, saw a woman on the ground being repeatedly kicked in the head and stomach.
Blackmore quickly got out of his car and told the male assailant to stop attacking the woman. And that’s when the perpetrator, 44-year-old Kenneth Harris, started charging toward him. Little did Harris know, but Blackmore was carrying a gun.
“I said ‘stop’ and he starts coming towards me and that’s when I drew on him,” the brave vet told WITI-TV. “He started getting closer and I said ‘get down on the ground.”
Blackmore then called the police and held his gun on the perpetrator until they arrived. In the mean time, though, Harris apparently kept moving toward him.
Watch the WITI-TV report:
“I mean I’ve already made it up in mind that if he came at me I was going to have to take him down and I told him that,” he continued, recapping the scenario in detail. “I warned him multiple times not to come towards me because he was a big guy and I wasn’t playing around and he didn’t seem like he was playing around.”
After police arrived and apprehended the suspect, they asked to see Blackmore’s concealed carry permit. He complied, allowing cops to take it out of his wallet while he held up his hands. After they saw that it was legally permissible for him to be carrying a firearm, they took his name and information for the police report.
This news report airs a portion of the 9-11 call:
Blackmore told WITI-TV that the victim appeared to have a broken nose and that she had a big laceration near her eye. He cited the incident as evidence surrounding why he supports the concealed-carry weapon (CCW) law that Wisconsin put into effect in late 2011.
The state’s Department of Justice explains: “Wisconsin Act 35 was signed into law on July 8, 2011, and published on July 22, 2011. However, the provisions regarding CCW licenses do not take effect until November 1, 2011.”
“We do good things. Not all of us are bad or crazy gun nuts,” he said. “There are good people.
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