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Bystander Sees Man Strangling Woman, Draws Gun To Save Her

Jefferson City, TN – A bystander who noticed a man strangling a women was able to hold the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

The incident happened at about 2 p.m. on July 7 at a Bojangles drive-thru, according to the Jefferson City Police Department.

A man, later identified as 25-year-old James Shelton, was involved in an argument with a woman while walking through the drive-thru, according to the police department.

The female tried to flee but Shelton slammed the woman to the ground and began to strangle her and drag her back to the car.

That’s when the bystander got out of his vehicle and pointed his pistol at Shelton.

According to police, the Shelton immediately complied. When police arrived, Shelton was taken into custody.

The woman was taken to the hospital.

Police referred the bystander as a “legally armed Good Samaritan.”

Shelton was charged with aggravated domestic assault and aggravated kidnapping charges, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Police didn’t release the name of the Good Samaritan.

Another Good Samaritan who was not armed didn’t have as much luck trying to break up a fight in Ohio.

In Parma Heights, Ohio, a man was outside his home on June 16 when a vehicle suddenly stopped, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The man saw a couple in the car in an altercation.

The bystander approached and tried to intervene. But instead, the male suspect punched the Good Samaritan.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer used a derogatory word to describe the Good Samaritan in its headline. It read: “Good Samaritan (or nosey parker) assaulted in front of his home”. A “nosey parker” is another word for a busybody.

The Good Samaritan called the police, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Written by
Tom Gantert

Tom Gantert graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Tom started in the newspaper business in 1983. He has worked at the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan), Lansing State Journal (Michigan), Ann Arbor News (Michigan), Vineland Daily-Journal (Michigan), North Hills News Record (Pennsylvania) and USA Today (Virginia). He is also currently the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Tom is the father of a Michigan State Police trooper.

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