Last Friday a Texas resident with a valid concealed carry permit stopped an assault in progress in the city of Southlake, local media reports.
The gun owner got out of his vehicle when he noticed a man, identified as 28-year-old MacMichael Nwaiwu, punching a woman.
The armed samaritan held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived on scene. Following an investigation, police arrested Nwaiwu and charge him with assault.
On its Facebook page, Southlake Police Chief Steven Mylett released the following statement:
While we commend this citizen’s willingness to get involved in order to protect a victim of crime, the Southlake Police Department does not encourage the public to expose themselves in such a manner.
Preliminary investigation revealed the individual with the firearm had observed an assault in progress inside a vehicle; specifically, a man physically assaulting his female front seat passenger.
The witness, a concealed handgun license holder, believed the female passenger to be in imminent danger of a felony offense. When both vehicles stopped, the witness exited his vehicle and confronted the suspect of the assault at gunpoint.
Vehicular traffic stopped in both directions on FM 1709 until police arrived.
The suspect of the assault, identified as MacMichael Nwaiwu was arrested at the scene and transported to the Keller jail.
Due to the unusual circumstances in this case, the Southlake Police Department consulted with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office to determine if the witness had committed any violations of law.
Based on the available information at the scene, the District Attorney’s Office did not believe the witness violated any State law. The Southlake Police Department continues to investigate this incident and will work closely with the District Attorney’s Office until this investigation is closed.