A man with a concealed carry permit intervened to save the life of a cop when a mob of about 40 or 50 students began to descend on him after the cop tried breaking up a fight near a Pennsylvania high school.
Anywhere from six to eight cops will patrol the area around Pennsylvania’s Upper Darby High School around 3:00 every weekday afternoon as thousands of students are released from school. As Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood had said, most days and most kids are fine. But this particular day wasn’t. This happened Friday afternoon, a week ago.
That afternoon alone, police responded to three fights in three locations near the school. When the dust settled, eight teens, ages 13 to 17, were charged with crimes, and two officers were injured so severely that it’s unclear when they’ll be able to return to work, Chitwood said.
In this particular incident – where the man with the concealed carry permit intervened – a cop was trying to break up a fight between two students, and the fight had attracted a large mob of teens. The cop held one of the fighters back, but the opponent attacked the cop:
“As he breaks up the fight, he takes one kid and then the other jumps [on] him. Now he’s fighting two of them and he’s calling for an assist officer at the same time,” Chitwood said. “There’s a crowd of 40 or 50 kids watching the fight, and they all move in towards the officer.”
Thankfully, around that time, a 35-year-old resident with a concealed carry permit spotted the cop in distress and came to his aid. He held his gun, but he was careful not to point it at anyone. He was able to hold the teens there until backup arrived. The two fighting teens were arrested and charged with “aggravated assault on police, riot, harassment, and related offenses.” The cop who had broken up the fight sustained injuries to his hand, and one of the backup officers received a leg injury after being kicked by a student.
Police Superintendent Chitwood said that while most days are uneventful, every now and then, tensions flare up with kids who “want to be gangsters”:
“There’s thousands of kids that walk to and from that school without a problem, but every once in a while you get these wannabe gangsters, and if they want to be gangsters, we’ll treat them like gangsters,” Chitwood said.