This past Friday a concealed handgun permit holder rescued a Springville, Utah police officer who was being beaten by a man. This is just one of many similar cases. From Fox News:
“I carry a gun to protect me and those around me, but primarily I carry a gun to protect my family first and foremost,” Meyer, who has a concealed-carry permit, told FOX13. “Outside of that, if I were to use my gun to protect anyone it would be law enforcement or military personnel.”
Meyer aimed the pistol at Anderson and yelled at him to stop attacking the officer. Anderson bolted from the scene as responding officers arrived. The attacker, who was found hiding under a flatbed trailer, was arrested and faces several charges, according to FOX13.
The officer suffered a fractured eye socket and lacerations around his eye.
Cpl. Cory Waters of Springville Police told FOX13 Meyer’s quick action helped save the officer’s life. . . .
Other cases of civilians using guns to save the lives of police officers are available here.
Note: Not only can civilians directly save the lives of police officers, but the fact that there are civilians carrying concealed handguns who are unknown to the criminals makes it riskier for those criminals to attack police.