(FOX) – A driver who attacked a Florida sheriff’s deputy Monday morning was shot and killed by a bystander who warned him to stop beating the officer, according to a report.

The incident began at around 9:30 a.m. when the Lee County deputy tried to make a traffic stop on Interstate 75 in Estero. Instead of complying, witnesses said the driver took off, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.

The deputy chased the suspect onto an exit ramp, where a witness said the suspect got out of his car and assaulted his pursuer.

Shanta Holditch told WZVN that the suspect pulled the deputy out of his car and “just kept beating him and beating him … throwing him to the ground and punching him in all different directions.”

At that point, WINK reported, another driver got out of his car and ran to the scene. He told the suspect that he’d shoot him if he didn’t stop beating the deputy.

“[He] refused to get off the officer and the officer kept yelling, ‘shoot him, shoot him, shoot him,’ Holditch said.

When the suspect didn’t stop his attack, the third man shot him three times. The deputy was not hit. The suspect later died. Continue Reading

Not entirely sure what the officer was doing or thinking that prevented him from defending himself, as he was reportedly a 12-year veteran.

Luckily a man with a concealed carry permit saw the armed suspect beating the officer and took action.

It makes you think, most of the time when carrying a pistol you’re more worried about seedy gas stations and dark allies.

You’d probably never think you would have to pull your gun to save an officers life at 9:30 A.M. on the interstate exit ramp.

Moral of the story, always carry.

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