Utah CCL Holder Saves Police Officer’s Life Without Firing a Shot

Good Samaritan Derek Meyer stopped a man who was viciously beating a police officer in Springville, Utah last Friday.

Americans use firearms to defend themselves and others every day of the year. And they often do so without firing a shot. Oftentimes these incidents go unrecognized. But that wasn’t the case last week when a Good Samaritan with a concealed firearm saw a police officer being assaulted in Springville, Utah.

Derek Meyer was driving down Main Street in Springville early Friday afternoon. He spotted a police officer being beaten by another man in a parking lot, according to local media.

Meyer quickly turned his car around and parked behind the police car. He pulled out his handgun, pointed it at the assailant. And yelled at him to get off the officer and spot assaulting him.

“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 said. “Outside of that, if I were to use my gun to protect anyone it would be law enforcement or military personnel.”

When the man saw Meyer’s gun, he immediately stopped punching the officer and ran away. Law enforcement caught him later that afternoon. He was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and other charges.

The unidentified officer suffered a fractured eye socket and lacerations around his eye, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

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Police say the incident began when the officer spotted two feet dangling out of a donation bin. The officer asked the man to get out of the bin. When he complied, he kept both hands inside his pockets.

Worried the man had a weapon, the officer asked him repeatedly to remove his hands from his pockets, which is when the man began punching the officer in the face.

Springville police say Meyer’s quick action helped save the officer’s life.

“Had he not been in the right place at the right time, who knows what would have happened,” Corporal Cory Waters told local media. “But he definitely stopped the attack from continuing and becoming much worse. He might have even saved either one of their lives. It could have gone really bad, even for the suspect.”

Meyers said he thought anyone would have acted as he did under similar circumstances. He said he didn’t do it “to get any extra attention or to have people talk about me or anything I did.”

But he’s glad to share his story because people do not hear enough “good stories from responsible, gun-owning people.”

About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over two years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco.

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  • Chance Parding February 13, 2018, 2:42 pm

    I think the point is – the guy (cop) was in trouble and Derek had the presence of mind and courage to stop and help him! It doesn’t matter if it was a cop, a homeless guy, or your local pastor – a person was in trouble and needed help – RIGHT THEN! Not only did Derek provide help in a calm and practiced manner, he put himself at considerable risk as an intervener. If he would have had to shoot the perp Derek could have faced years of court proceedings and 10’s of thousands in legal costs! Cops are like everybody else, there are good ones and bad ones. Americans are different. We have the right to carry a weapon and defend ourselves or others in need. Give the man is due credit! and we ALL need to take every opportunity to ensure our constitutional rights are vigilantly guarded. There are people who will try to make this man into a villain!

  • jack February 10, 2018, 2:06 pm

    Thank God this incident didn’t occur in a bloomin’ Outback restaurant! Great work by our concerned citizen. MAGA!

  • Terry February 9, 2018, 10:08 pm

    Kudos to this guy for having balls to step up. As for all the keyboard idiots…. just go ahead and eat a bullet.

  • Don February 9, 2018, 3:21 pm

    wonder what the cop haters would say if every lawman in the entire USA were to quit simultaneously ?

  • goose February 9, 2018, 1:55 pm

    If that had been in California he probably would have been arrested for brandishing a weapon in city limits!

  • srsquidizen February 9, 2018, 8:00 am

    Doubt you’ll read about this act of citizen defense on MSNBC. If you do it will probably be headlined “Cop Assaults Homeless Man While Gun Nut Brandishes Pistol.”

    • Stan d. Upnow February 9, 2018, 10:33 am

      Sad, but true.

  • Christopher Sourp February 9, 2018, 7:19 am

    I work with Dereks cousin. We are all very proud of him. Nothing he did was wrong as people are saying he should not have got himself involved. I would of done the exact same thing. He very well could of saved that officers life. Way to go Derek !

  • Andy Buckmichael February 9, 2018, 7:04 am

    The guy should have minded his own business. The cop probably deserved a good ass kicking.

    • Bob February 9, 2018, 8:27 am

      Troll much?

      • Al February 9, 2018, 9:17 am

        Yes Bob, he does. For all Andy knows (which isn’t much) this Cop may have been the best guy in the world.
        He may have saved dozens of lives, or even just one. But that doesn’t matter to the idiot cop haters.
        And like all cop haters, he uses his head to keep his ears apart and not much else.

    • Bob February 9, 2018, 8:52 am

      andy is a low-life loser who lives in his mom’s basement and trolls his way through life. Don’t go away mad andy just go away…

      • Rob H February 9, 2018, 9:53 am

        either that or his wife cheats on him with a cop

      • Adam Jeppson February 9, 2018, 10:03 am

        It’s widely suspected Andy’s mom is a virgin..

        • Jonny5 February 9, 2018, 11:16 am

          How does that work then?

    • joefoam February 9, 2018, 8:56 am

      No cop deserves a “good ass kicking”. With the job they are asked to do, and the people they have to deal with, its a wonder we have anyone in this country to perform the job. The next time you get into trouble figure out how to get out of it yourself.

      • ron February 9, 2018, 11:52 am

        Some sure do…

    • Rozzie Bo February 9, 2018, 9:15 am

      If it had been you being assaulted, I would have given your attacker a pipe wrench.

      • Stan d. Upnow February 9, 2018, 10:28 am

        Pipe wrench? Not bad, but a bit heavy- might strain his wrist. How about a hunting knife with a gut hook, instead?

    • Stan d. Upnow February 9, 2018, 10:30 am

      Hurry Andy, or you’ll be late for your BLM/ANTIFA meeting. Jackass.

    • Larry De February 9, 2018, 11:05 am

      Hey Andy, please get back on your melds and ask your doctor the dosage.

    • Jonny5 February 9, 2018, 11:18 am

      Andy blows guys for loose change. Fact.

    • Smitty February 9, 2018, 7:50 pm

      Sh-tbird Buckmichael.

    • Dan Johnson February 9, 2018, 7:55 pm

      Hi Andy,
      When did you get out? Give me a holler sometime and we can get together over a beer that’s not fraternizing is it? Don’t tell my PO!

    • Shane Camburn February 12, 2018, 6:34 pm

      Soooo in your mind, the police officer should have left a clearly violent and deranged man, inside a clothing donation bin, so that the obviously disturbed individual could attack some random volunteer that is helping poor and homeless people get affordable or free clothing, just because you have a hard on for law enforcement? You also feel that law abiding citizens should simply allow criminals to do whatever they want? …and you probably think of yourself as a good person? You are a total libtard, welcome to the 2% asshole… congratulations… what’s your number again inmate?

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