Wes Woodin was catching some rays on Florida’s sugar white Fort Walton Beach in when he saw a confrontation develop. “It was over a $2 inflatable octopus, and I guess he had gone under their tent and taken it,” Woodin told News 5. I guess? That’s sub-optimal . . .
Things aren’t always what they seem; milk can masquerade as cream. If you’re going to intervene in any dispute — armed, unarmed or armed with a big-ass beach umbrella — you really need to know who is the aggrieved party. In this case, Mr. Woodin had the good sense not to take action until it was clear where the danger lay.
When the argument began to escalate, Woodin says he knew he had to do something.
“I saw him punch one of the guys in the face and knock him down while he had a gun out,” Woodin said.
After Woodin used the umbrella to knock the man out, he took away the gun and emptied the clip. Woodin and another man then held him until deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrived.
Deputies questioned both sides, but neither party wanted to press charges.
Huh. I wonder why that is.