Brandenton, FL - Brandendon Police Lieutenant William Weldon became internet famous when the surveillance footage of him pistol-whipping a burglar was released. Now, that hero has spoken our about the attack.
Lieutenant William Weldon responded to a burglary alarm at a jewelry store in the 2400 block of 9th Street on Tuesday. Due to a mistake by the security company, the lieutenant was led to believe that he was responding to a false alarm. The alarm company falsely told the police department that the key holder was on scene, had given the proper code, and that they just wanted to speak with an officer.
When the lieutenant arrived, he found a broken window out front and Isaac Dubon, 23, inside, according to Fox 13. Without backup, and having already exposed himself to the burglar, Lieutenant Weldon was forced to handle the situation alone
Surveillance video shows Lieutenant Weldon’s confrontation with Dubon as the hero interrupted the burglary. Dubon appeared to be non-aggressive, and Lt. Weldon holstered his weapon to go hands-on before backup arrived.
That’s when Dubon attacked the hero. During the fight, Isaac Dubon got Lieutenant William Weldon in a headlock, tried to gouge his eyes out, and went for his gun. The fight continued on for one minute and 45 seconds, and the lieutenant never gave up.
Finally, the hero broke free and drew his weapon. As Lieutenant Weldon pointed his gun at Dubon, the burglar continued to aggressively come at the lieutenant.
Lieutenant Weldon's eyes were badly gouged and he couldn't see.
“I was seeing multiple images of him so I didn’t know exactly where I was at, so you see me waving my hand back and forth,” he recalled.
Out of breath and faced with a suspect who showed lethal intent, Lieutenant William Weldon was more than justified in firing his gun; most officers would have.
Rather than shoot, the lieutenant held his hand out to help him locate the position of the suspect. The hero then pistol-whipped the suspect, instantly knocking him out cold.
Isaac Dubon was placed under arrest, and it was later revealed that he was an Honduran citizen who was in the country illegally.
“I was afraid for my life,” recalled LIeutenant William Weldon. "I feel I would’ve been justified in shooting him, but deadly force is to be used as a last resort and I had one other resort that I could’ve used and I used it. If that resort didn’t work, then there’s a chance that I would’ve used lethal force."
“We don’t come to work thinking we’re gonna have to shoot somebody or we want to shoot somebody, so anytime that you can get into a fight like this and you walk away, both people walk away, then it’s always a good day,” he added.
Good job, hero.
You can see the video of the attack below: