A Bastrop County, Texas, police deputy has thanked an armed veteran after he intervened in a fight which could have cost the officer his life.
Dylan Dorris, 23, had stopped to arrest 32-year-old Kenton Fryer following reports that the man was driving erratically, media sources said.
Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sissy Jones told KVUE that the incident occurred around 9:45 p.m. Jan. 16. Fryer began struggling with the officer and was trying to reach for Dorris’ weapon.
“Freeze!” cried Marine Scott Perkins as he drew his concealed firearm, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Perkins’ intervention caused Fryer to flee the scene. He was later detained.
“I’m alive today because of him,” Dorris said of Perkins. “There are no words to explain it. He’s such an outstanding citizen. He’s here for our country, our community and you really feel the love.”
Dorris’ colleagues at the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office spoke about the several minutes when the deputy lost contact with them because he was engaged in fighting Fryer.
“It is very emotional, very emotional,” Ruth Amy, a Bastrop County sheriff’s dispatcher, told the Statesman. “You go into a mode, for lack of a better term, you go into an emergency mode and you just do what you have to do.”
Dorris was able to pursue and detain Fryer with the assistance of another officer. He suffered minor injuries and was later taken to the hospital for treatment.
Perkins received praise for coming to the officer’s aid.
“With his training and background he wasn’t able to interfere, but able to assist and that was a very key and crucial part of this incident,” said deputy David Newman, the first responding officer on the scene to support Dorris.
Perkins, who has served two tours in Iraq, remained modest.
“Anytime somebody is in need of help you should assist them. It doesn’t matter whether your life is in danger or not, you should always assist anybody in need,” Perkins said.
Fryer is being held in the Bastrop County Jail on charges of aggravated assault of a public servant, taking an officer’s weapon, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and driving under the influence with a child under age 15. Bond is set at $50,000.