An officer who broke up a fight between two teen boys that had attracted a large crowd at that location was holding one of the combatants at bay when the teen's opponent attacked the officer, Chitwood said.The officer suffered significant injuries to his hand, and the backup officer who was called suffered a significan injury to his leg. They may not be able to return to work for some time.
"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."
That's when the good Samaritan, who lives on the block, came out of his house with a gun in his hand and told the teens to get away from the cop, Chitwood said.
Some will say that the officer should have left them fight. Then the officers are criticized when severe injuries occur. This isn't the first time that Superintendent Chitwood backed up an armed citizen. A year ago, in another incident, Chitwood had this to say, from 6abc.com:
"He was really shook up - really upset. And I told him point blank. I said, 'You did what you had to do and as far as I'm concerned I don't see any criminal charges forthcoming,'" said Supt. Chitwood.
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