An armed robber came into a bar in New York early in the morning, brandishing a weapon and demanding cash from the bartender before moving on to other patrons. Little did the armed robber know that one of his intended victims was a retired cop.
It was around 4:00 in the morning when the 24-year-old armed robber Andrew McClean barged into The Parkside Pub on 149th Street in the Whitestone neighborhood, demanding people’s cash at gunpoint. The 69-year-old retired NYPD cop Robert Beardsley responded to McClean’s threats with a single bullet to the head. McClean was pronounced dead soon after.
The retired cop was taken in for questioning following the shooting. He was released and according to sources, it’s not likely that he will be charged with anything. The New York Post reported:
“It seems pretty straight forward,” a source said. “A guy with a gun tried to rob him and he did what he had to do.”
Beardsley spent seven years on the force, working as a police officer in Harlem from 1969 until 1975 before retiring on disability, according to police sources.
Residents in his Whitestone neighborhood praised him on Monday, saying he was just trying to do the right thing.
“The cop did what he was supposed to do,” said Josephine Krevatas, 52. “Continuing his duty to protect.”
Eugenia Zaharopoulos, 67, told The Post she believed the people owed their lives to Beardsley.
“I think he saved those people in the bar,” she said, describing the former cop as a “very quiet man.”
Zaharopoulos also recalled how Beardsley came to her daughter’s rescue after she accidentally got locked in the trunk of her car.
“I was screaming and screaming,” she said. “He came and got her out.”
A man who identified himself as McClean’s brother refused to comment about the incident on Monday, saying “we’re grieving.”
While it’s difficult to say what would have happened had the retired cop not intervened the way he did, it is definitely possible that a shootout could have occurred – especially if someone had tried to tackle the armed robber and grab the gun away from him.
The media and gun control proponents are always asking for examples of where a gun owner was able to prevent a mass shooting. That’s not something that could ever be proven – which is why they always bring it up. There’s no way to prove that Beardsley prevented a mass shooting. It was entirely possible for a mass shooting to occur, but we’ll never know, because a good guy with a gun stopped the armed robber before it got to that.