Many people nationwide are praising an armed Utah man after he came to the rescue of a police officer during an attack on Feb. 2 (video below).
Derek Meyer was driving when he spotted Paul Douglas Anderson repeatedly punching the police officer, reports KSTU.
After making a U-turn and rushing out of his car, Meyer pointed his gun at Anderson while screaming at him to get off the police officer.
"[I did it] because of who I am," he said. "Not to get any extra attention or to have people talk about me or anything I did."
Anderson ran away and other officers rushed to the scene, prompting a search that put a nearby elementary school on lockdown.
They eventually found the suspect hiding under a flatbed trailer and arrested him.
The police officer suffered a fractured eye socket and was hospitalized, but was released and is expected to be OK.
Meyer is now being lauded as a hero.
"Had he not been in the right place at the right time, who knows what would have happened," Corporal Cory Waters with the Springville Police Department said. "But he definitely stopped the attack from continuing and becoming much worse. He might have even saved either one of their lives. It could have gone really bad, even for the suspect."
Meyer says he's just happy that what he did is gaining attention because people don't usually hear enough "good stories from responsible, gun-owning people."
However, Waters cautions gun-carrying individuals to be careful, explaining that police are usually wary of those with weapons during stressful situations -- with often fatal consequences.
In June 2017, a black off-duty policeman in Missouri used his gun to help rescue fellow police officers who were trying to catch young black suspects believed to be responsible for a stolen car, reports The Washington Post.
However, when the officer approached, he was shot by one of the white cops who did not recognize him.
"[He] discharged a shot, striking the off-duty officer in the arm," acting Police Commissioner Lawrence O'Toole said, reports The Independent.
"He was conveyed to a hospital, listed as stable and has since been released," he added.
The case took on racial undertones after some speculated the 11-year police veteran was shot because he was black.
"This has been a national discussion for the past two years," said Rufus Tate Jr., the black officer’s attorney. "There is this perception that a black man is automatically feared."
"[This was a case of] a black professional, in law enforcement, himself being shot and treated as an ordinary black guy on the street," he added. "This is a real problem."