35-year-old Air Force Lieutenant Brandon Teel, of the 189th Airlift Wing, at Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAFB) was driving past 10 Marie Lane, located in Austin, Arkansas, on his way home. He noticed something odd as he drove by.
As he got a closer look, he noticed there was a man on the ground bleeding and another man, standing over him, stabbing him.
Lt. Teel quickly reacted. He got out of his vehicle, approached the situation and drew his concealed firearm, that he was licensed to carry.
Lt. Teel then held the man at gunpoint, saying “Stop, what you are doing. Get on the ground or I will shoot you!” He held the gun with his firing hand and dialed 911 with his weak hand.
He stood there with the suspect at gunpoint, until Austin police could arrive.
When authorities arrived, it was noted that the injured man was Darren Terry, a 47-year-old, and the man who had assaulted him was none other than his brother Chris, 30.
Darren Terry sustained three lacerations before Lt. Teel arrived on the scene, and thank goodness, he did.
Austin Police Chief, Bill Duerson, said, “Lt. Teel saved Terry’s life. He is a perfect example of a responsible concealed carry permit holder. He acted heroically in the face of extreme danger and avoided a tragedy.”
It is on record that Lt. Teel never discharged his firearm.
This is why we have the 2nd Amendment.
If Lt. Teel had not had his firearm, Darren Terry may not be alive today. There are predators in this world, and they can be our own family. We must always be vigilant and always be ready.
As a fellow Arkansan (by birth) and military man, I am proud to call him a brother.