There’s something to that old expression “once a cop, always a cop.”
Prime example: A retired officer in Salt Lake City who risked his life last week to a man from being attacked by a knife-wielding thug.
“I was just in my car on North Temple, I saw a guy pull a knife on another guy, a fight ensued, the guy with the knife was swinging it several times at the unarmed person,” said Nick, the civilian, who declined to give his last name.
Nick, a retired police officer, decided to step in and pull his gun on the suspect.”
“I told him to lay down on the ground and he stayed there,” Nick said.
Witnesses had no idea was what happening. While Nick dialed 911, the crowd began demanding that Nick put down the gun. A witness videotaped most of the incident (watch it here).
Nick admitted he was a little worried things could escalate out of control and the witnesses may try to approach him. “It could have turned out ugly if I didn’t have experience or I didn’t have the training,” said Nick.
Police later found out the cause of this altercation: The man with the knife had his bicycle stolen and was attempting to get it back from the alleged thief.
Regardless, Nick said he has no regrets: “I see somebody in need of help it’s just the right thing to do, the wrong thing to do would of been to turn my back and have somebody be stabbed because I didn’t do anything,”