Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Baton Rouge Bystander Comes to Officer's Aid

Baton Rouge WAFB CBS: Bystander Fired Deadly Shot, Not Officer. Sometimes, even the police need to call for help.

A concealed carry permit holder came to the aid of an officer, shooting and killing the person fighting with the officer.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's spokesman Greg Phares says Officer Brian Harrision was escorting a funeral procession Friday when he pulled Temple over and wrote him a ticket for breaking into the procession. According to Phares, that's when Temple attacked Harrison. Police say Perry Stevens was walking outside of the Auto Zone on Greenwell Springs Road when he heard Harrison yelling for help. Harrison was reportedly on his back with Temple on top of him. That's when Stevens went to his car and grabbed his .45 caliber pistol.
After repeated warnings to stop fighting with the officer or be shot, Stevens shot Temple four times. This did not end the fight, so Stevens shot one more time, striking Temple in the head, killing him. Temple was also shot once by Officer Harrison.

No charges will be brought against Perry Stevens. He came to the assistance of an officer who was calling for help.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff stopped short of crediting Stevens with saving the officer's life.
George Temple is dead from fighting over a traffic ticket.

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