Marine veteran Scott Perkins saved the day, and very likely saved a life. It all happened in Bastrop County, Texas, on Saturday, January 16. It’s a day 23-year-old Bastrop deputy Dylan Dorris will never forget:
It all started just before 10:00 AM that morning when Dorris responded to a report of a man, Kenton DeSean Fryer, driving erratically on Watterson Road, just off Texas higway 304, with a child in the vehicle. Dorris attempted to stop the vehicle on suspicion of DUI, but the driver kept on until he pulled into a gas station.
When the deputy caught up with the man and attempted to perform a field sobriety test, the perp resisted and a fight ensued.
Speaking to the Statesman, Dorris says he feared for his life. “I remember thinking stay in the fight. Just keep fighting, keep fighting. Do whatever you can do, just stay alive you need to go home.”
Bastrop County dispatcher Ruth Amy says the few minutes when Dorris was out of radio contact during the fight felt like an eternity.
It’s at this point that our hero, a Marine vet with two tours in Iraq, enters the story. Seeing this punk’s attack on a police officer, Perkins drew his legally-carried concealed handgun, approached the two man, and yelled, “Freeze!”, drawing a bead right on Fryer.
Instead of having the sense to just stop, Fryer ran off but was eventually detained and taken into custody. He was arrested on charges of aggravated assault of a public servant, taking an officer’s weapon, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and driving while under the influence with a child under 15 and is now cooling his heels in the Bastrop County Jail on $50,000 bail.
Speaking of the man that saved his life, Dorris says, “I’m alive today because of him. There are no words to explain it. He’s such an outstanding citizen. He’s here for our country, our community, and you really feel the love.”
Bastrop County sheriff spokeswoman Sissy Jones has this to say about the incident, “I think it’s important to note, with the uproar that we have on gun laws, that had Mr. Perkins not had his concealed gun on him, that suspect would have likely not paid attention to him. This is a situation where being a license to carry holder truly did save a life.”
As for Perkins, like all true heroes, he won’t accept the label. “Anytime somebody is in need of help you should assist them. It doesn’t matter whether your life is in danger or not, you should always assist anybody who is in need.”