Good Samaritan shoots, kills person beating deputy in Florida

Handcuffs on wooden table

ESTERO, Fla. — A Good Samaritan shot and killed a person who attacked a Florida sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop Monday morning.

At about 9:30 a.m., Lee County Deputy Dean Bardes attempted to make a traffic stop when the driver took over, causing Bardes to chase him down. Eventually, the driver got out of his vehicle and began attacking the deputy, WINK reports.

That’s when a passerby got out of his vehicle and warned the suspect that he’d shoot him if he didn’t stop beating the deputy. After he kept attacking him, the man shot the suspect three times. He later died.

“I heard like three shots. He fell down on top of the police officer,” one witness said, according to WZVN. “After a moment, the police officer rolled him back over, got on his mic, then rolled over back on the ground beside┬áthe guy.”

Bardes was injured during the ordeal, but he was not shot. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and later released.

Both the good samaritan and the attacker’s identities have not been released.