Armed Citizen legally carrying a gun provides “critical” help to wounded Missouri Police Officer, possibly stopping criminal from “doing more harm.”

20 Jun , 2019  


An armed citizen and his companions came to the aid of a female police officer who had just been shot with her own gun. She was escorting an inmate to a mental health evaluation when he made a struggle for the firearm.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that Trenton, Missouri Police Officer Jasmine Diab was shot in her abdomen just after 3 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019. Jamey Aaron Griffin was charged with first-degree degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

Sgt. Jake Angle said Griffin was restrained but was able to initiate a struggle over the female officer’s gun inside the vehicle.

The Trenton officer was shot in the abdomen. She was taken by helicopter to an area hospital.

The highway patrol reports Saturday afternoon that she remains in critical but stable condition. . . .

KCTV had a follow-up story about how the attack ended. Remember that Griffin was armed.

The witness said one of those good Samaritans was able to control the situation because he carried his own gun. He never fired it, but he cornered the inmate who was trying to make the wounded officer drive with a stomach wound. Then, the men were able to hold that inmate to the ground by pointing a gun to his head. . . .

In this case, the police believe that the armed citizen’s intervention was “critical” to stopping the criminal from possibly “doing more harm.” The fact that the officer was still in critical condition a day after being shot indicates that the civilian may have come to her rescue just in time.

“In this case, they chose to intervene and come to an officer’s aid and subdue the suspect and possibly keeping him from escaping or doing more harm,” Trooper Angle told WDAF. “I am not advocating that people need to feel that they intervene in a situation this level, however, people chose to and in this situation it was critical.” . . .

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.

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9 Responses

  1. Check out “Guns and Self-Defense: 23 Inspirational True Crime Stories of Survival with Firearms” by Robert A. Waters and Sim Waters. The book describes two brutal, life-threatening attacks on law enforcement officers that were stopped by armed citizens.

  2. Christopher Ross says:

    In a time like today where so many peoples that given the right opportunity would comment a crime to feed their habitats no matter what they may be. More law abiding citizens need to be properly trained and legally carry firearms. Because our law officers are stretched far to thin, in cities and rural areas.

  3. Cort D Chubko says:

    Nicely done gentlemen. Hope the office is ok. Hope the felon never sees the outside of prison again.

  4. Dan says:

    My dad taught us boys to look out for each other, as as men we have a duty to help the defenseless. Am glad that Good Samaritan was armed, and willing to fulfill their duty as “protector.” It’s nice to know that the 1st Responders have 2nd Responders to render assistance when needed. This is one of the many reasons why our 2nd Amendment is so critical to this Country. Kudos to that Good Samaritan!

  5. This apparent wisp of an officer was solely responsible for taking a mentally unstable inmate for evaluation…for what? Was he cuffed? Was he in a secured. barred back seat? Is this a case study of why women should not be in the law enforcement field?

  6. Mary Norton says:

    PTL for the brave gun carrying citizen that saved an innocent life.

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