Armed Marine Veteran Saves the Life of a Deputy

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Armed Marine Veteran Saves the Life of a Deputy

Bastrop, Texas – Scott Perkins, a licensed concealed carrier and US Marine veteran, was given a Sheriff’s citation for saving the life of a Bastrop County Deputy back in January.

The incident

Deputy Dylan Dorris responded to the report of a man driving erratically with a child in his car at around 9:45 p.m on January 16. When the deputy tried to stop the car, the suspect drove away and pulled into a gas station.

It was then that the fight started and the man resisted arrest. Deputy Dorris was in the fight of his life as the man tired every way to get at his gun.  The Deputy told local news that he was in fear for his life.

“I remember thinking stay in the fight. Just keep fighting, keep fighting. Do whatever you can do, just stay alive you need to go home.” Deputy  Dylan Dorris

The 911 dispatcher was worried when Deputy Dorris did not respond. The minutes ticked by with no check in from the officer.  She couldn’t have known that he was fighting for survival.

That’s when Scott Perkins showed up.

“Freeze!” He yelled as he drew his weapon. The man immediately fled the scene, but was arrested a short time later by another deputy and Dorris.

“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.” Deputy David Newman 

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Deputy Dylan Dorris (left) Marine veteran Scott Perkins (right)

The suspect

Kenton Desean Fryer, 32, is a 230 lb black male, and seriously larger than Deputy Dorris. He was charged with aggravated assault of a public servant, taking an officer’s weapon, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and driving while under the influence with a child under 15.

Concealed Carry Saves a Life

Perkins, who served two tours in Iraq, doesn’t think of himself as a hero. Instead he simply believes that if someone is in trouble, you should help them. The Deputies believe he saved their colleague’s life.

“I’m alive today because of him. 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.” Deputy Dorris

“This day and time, a lot of people would just drive by and keep going. To see someone that will stop and help is special.” Sgt James Davenport, supervising officer at the incident

“I think it’s important to note, with the uproar that we have on gun laws, that had Mr. Perkins not had his concealed gun on him, that suspect would have likely not paid attention to him. This is a situation where being a license to carry holder truly did save a life.” Bastrop County Sheriff Spokeswoman Sissy Jones

Semper Fi, Scott Perkins, well done.





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