Man With Concealed Carry Pistol Saves Utah Police Officer

The man saw an officer taking a beating and he had the means and the will to stop it.

Springville, UT - A citizen with a concealed carry pistol was able to end the attack on Springville police officer on Friday.

The incident started just before 2 p.m. when an officer saw feet hanging out of a Tabitha’s Way donation bin along Main Street in Springville, according to KSTU.

The officer stopped and ordered the suspect, Paul Anderson, to get out of the bin. Anderson got out and put his hands in his pockets.

The officer repeatedly ordered Anderson to take his hands out of his pockets and he refused. Finally, Anderson did take his hands out of his pockets and he started punching the officer in the face.

Anderson continued to beat the officer until Derek Meyer saw what was happening.

Meyer pulled in behind the police car and had his concealed carry pistol ready. He drew the gun on the suspect and ordered him to stop attacking the officer.

When Anderson saw the gun, he ran away.

The officer was transported to the hospital for a fractured eye socket and facial lacerations.

A manhunt ensued and Anderson was captured about an hour and a half later, when officers found him hiding under a flatbed truck.

Springville PD Corporal Cory Waters told KSTU that Meyer's actions likely saved a life.

“Had he not been in the right place at the right time, who knows what would have happened,” Corporal Waters 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 spoke to KSTU and said that he believes that anybody would have stopped to help if they had been in the same situation. Thankfully, Meyer had the means to end the attack.

“I carry a gun to protect me and those around me, but primarily I carry a gun to protect my family first and foremost," Meyer told KSTU. "Outside of that, if I were to use my gun to protect anyone it would be law enforcement or military personnel."

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Old Fokker
Old Fokker

Good to have Good guys with weapons. Good job.

EMarie
EMarie

Good job!

HankT
HankT

He could have saved him with out the gun too !

Batt
Batt

If he did not have the will to fire the pistol during a lethal confrontation, then he might as well carry a baton and stop waving the gun around. I wonder what he would have done if the perp had simply walked up to him and took the pistol out of his unwilling hands.

MyRightsMyGun2
MyRightsMyGun2

Apparently you didn't comprehend the story? The civilian came out of his vehicle with his weapon drawn. When he approached the fight, gun pointed at the perp, the perp ran away at that point! Now do you understand? My guess is if the perp had ran towards the civilian, the civilian then would have fired his weapon. Legally might I add! At least that's what I would have done.