Dramatic video of Texas concealed-carry ‘hero’ saving woman from attacker the Washington Post headline proclaims. Notice the scare quote marks around the word “hero”? After watching the above news report, there can be no doubt that Southlake, Texas moviegoer Aaron Kreag is a hero. As the WaPo’s report on the reports reports . . .
Kreag told CBS DFW he saw “this large gentleman just pounding on this lady … My first gut reaction was, ‘Oh my god, this guy’s going to kill this lady.’ ”
According to local news reports, Kreag stopped, pulled his weapon and pointed it at the assailant.
Mistina Doland, who witnessed the confrontation and caught it on video, told CBS DFW: “It was intense not knowing whether bullets were going to start flying from either side of the street.”
“I was yelling commands at him to stop assaulting her,” Kreag told CBS DFW. “He turned his attention to the firearm and was saying, ‘Don’t shoot me, don’t shoot me.’ I said, ‘I’m not going to shoot you. Just stay still. Don’t do anything crazy. The cops will be here any minute.’ ”
Soon the police arrived at the scene and ordered Kreag to the ground and cuffed him, reported CBS DFW. He was released shortly after. The police identified the suspect in the assault as MacMichael Nwaiwu, who was arrested at the scene.
Result! A defensive gun use reported in one of the nation’s most resolutely anti-gun, pro-civilian disarmament media outlets. But no, they can’t leave it at that! Nor, apparently, can the Southlake PD.
According to the Southlake Police department, Kreag has a license to carry a concealed weapon — but his actions were ill-advised. Police Chief Steve Mylett said in a 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. Instead, we strongly recommend citizens who witness a crime in progress to contact the local police department by dialing the police emergency number 911.”
Sigh. While the WaPo is only reporting the facts here, there’s still that little matter of the quote marks around the word “hero” in their headline. Anyway, the report ends with a positive statement from Mr. Kreag that puts this one solidly in the win column.
Kreag saw drawing his weapon as his duty, he told told CBS DFW. “It’s my responsibility to protect myself and my family,” he said. “If I can help out another person in the process, so be it.”