Concealed Carrier Saves Police Officer


Cpl. Michael Wheeler of Ohio’s Mt. Vernon Police Department owes his life to a brave civilian who stepped forward with a drawn gun.

Wheeler said he was being attacked by a homeless man who later acknowledged to officers that he was high on crystal meth. Knocked to the ground and fighting to subdue the “very irritated and out of sorts” attacker, Wheeler ended up on his back with the man straddling him.

“I’ve never been in that situation before,” the 14-year department veteran told Wednesday. “I’ve always been able to take control of a situation.”

Earlier this week, Wheeler was able to reward Dylan DeBoard, the man who saved him, with the city’s Citizen’s Award of Valor. Every day, he remembers that day last year when things could have turned out far, far worse.

He often stops by DeBoard’s home, Wheeler said, just to say thanks. “Every time I see him I let him know how much I appreciate what he did.”

On that day last year, Wheeler’s shoulder microphone had been ripped off in the tussle, so he couldn’t call for back-up. And then the man started going for Wheeler’s gun. And that’s when Wheeler began to think he was running out of options.

“I pulled him in close to me to try to restrict his range of motion,” Wheeler said. But the suspect just kept “trying to reach my belt.”

And right about then, the man sat back and put his hands up. Wheeler wondered ‘What the …?’

He lifted his head and looked in the direction the man was staring. There stood another man, with a gun.

“I didn’t know if he was pointing at me or him,” Wheeler said, meaning the man sitting on him. That’s when DeBoard announced he had a concealed weapon permit.

While the suspect was distracted, Wheeler managed to flip him over and handcuff him.

We can be thankful there are still many citizens who believe that blue lives matter too.

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  • Vagabond661

    How could the homeless guy be high on crystal meth? Isn’t that illegal?

  • Would have been better if the perpetrator had developed a terminal case of lead poisoning.

  • yetanotherjohn

    If only the homeless had access to transgender bathrooms, we repealed citizens united and banned guns that looked scary, then none of this would have happened.

    • Brett Buck

      Are you really Valerie Jarrett?

      • yetanotherjohn

        No, but I do a great Carnac routine where I predict what a liberal would answer to any given question.

        • Brett Buck

          Let me guess – say the dumbest thing that pops into your mind? Not much of a challenge, really.

  • jim_m

    Next, 0bama starts criticizing the police for arresting homeless people. If he had a homeless relative they would look just like this guy that tried to kill the cop.

  • pennywit

    This headline makes me thing the USS Nimitz was hiding behind a hedge or something.

  • Commander_Chico

    Cop must have been a fat out of shape guy to get rolled like that.

    • jim_m

      Chico immediately jumps in to blame the victim

    • Scalia

      Ever fight a guy high on meth?

      • pennywit

        Why do I suddenly want to quote Airplane! here?

  • That’s called doing the right thing. But you shouldn’t have to have a permit when it is a Constitutional right to possess firearms.