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Good Samaritan Heard Screams, Fatally Shot Man Stabbing Three Women In Domestic Incident

Union City, GA – A neighbor is being hailed as a hero after he shot a man who was stabbing three women in his apartment complex last weekend.

The incident occurred on Feb. 18 at the Hidden Lake Apartments located in Union City, WAGA reported.

Josh Dobbs, a resident at the apartment complex, said he heard horrible screams through his front door and jumped up to see what was going on.

Dobbs stepped outside and encountered the suspect stabbing a woman, WAGA reported.

Police said the good Samaritan intervened in the vicious attack and fatally shot the blade-wielding suspect.

“I just couldn’t sit there and watch and hear what was going on,” Dobbs told WAGA.

One of the victims had already called police for help and when officers arrived at the apartments, they found a bloody scene.

“Officers responded to that location where they observed a female lying outside in between cars who had also been stabbed, as well as two subjects behind the apartment–the incident location. One had been stabbed, and it appeared the other one had been shot,” Union Police Captain Prentice Brooks said.

“As the male subject was assaulting these female subjects with the knife, an onlooker saw the assault taking place,” Cpt. Brooks said. “He stepped up and stopped the threat. He did shoot the suspect.”

The captain said one of the women who was stabbed succumbed to her wounds and died at the hospital, WAGA reported.

The other two victims remained hospitalized.

Capt. Brooks said he was grateful that Dobbs had intervened when he did, WAGA reported.

“We actually commend him for what he did and stepping up,” the captain said.

The suspect was transported to the hospital in an ambulance for treatment of his gunshot wounds, WAGA reported.

He was pronounced dead later at the hospital, according to police.

Authorities have not yet released the name of the blade-wielding attacker.

The good Samaritan said he never thought twice about whether to go to the rescue of his neighbors, WAGA reported.

“I have a daughter, and I have a lot of respect for females and everything, so I was just doing the right thing and stepping up,” he explained.

Police have not yet released many details about what led up to the fatal encounter but said the altercation began as a domestic incident, WAGA reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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