WINK news reports that a passerby traveling down Interstate 75 on Monday morning happened upon trouble.
Deputy First Class Dean Bardes was working a crash, when a man in a car flew by him on the shoulder going very fast, reports one witness. Bardes then gave chase at high speeds.
After some time, both Bardes and the suspect exited their vehicle, and a fight ensued. According to eyewitness accounts, the suspect ran toward Bardes and tackled him to the ground. Bardes began calling out for help as the suspect was on top of him, pummeling him.
That was when a licensed conceal carry holder came to the rescue. According to Bardes, the man warned the suspect that if he did not stop, then he would be shot. The suspect didn't comply, and the good samaritan shot the suspect three times.
Emergency crews arrive later on scene, and attempted to administer CPR to save the man, but the suspect would later die of his wounds.
One woman who witnessed the fight thought that the suspect was going to kill the officer.
Bardes was suffered no lasting injuries, and was released from the hospital, all thanks to the armed passerby.