East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s spokesman Greg Phares says Deputy Brian Harrision was escorting a funeral procession Friday when he stopped George Temple and wrote him a ticket for breaking into the procession. Temple attacked Deputy Harrison during the traffic stop.
Louisiana Concealed Carry Permit holder Perry Stevens was walking outside of the Auto Zone on Greenwell Springs Road when he heard Deputy Harrison yelling for help. Harrison was on his back with Temple on top of him. Stevens heard the cry for help and went to his car and retrieved his .45 caliber pistol.
According to Sheriff’s spokesman Col. Greg Phares, “[Mr. Stevens] orders Mr. Temple to stop and get off the officer. The verbal commands are ignored and Mr. Stevens fires four shots, all of which struck Mr. Temple.”
Perry Stevens fired four shots into Temple’s torso. Officer Harrison had already fired one shot into Temple’s abdomen. With Temple still struggling with the officer, Perry continued to advance toward the scuffle.
“He again orders Mr. Temple to stop what he was doing and get off the officer. Those commands are ignored and he fires a fifth shot and that hits his head. The incident is over with, and as you know, Mr. Temple is dead.”
Baton Rogue Police say the shooting was justified. Perry Stevens has a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon. Col. Phares would not give out any more details relating to the shooting.
Baton Rogue Channel 9 News reported that George Temple has a criminal record.
Both Phares and Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff stopped short of crediting Stevens with saving the officer’s life. LeDuff says the entire incident is unfortunate.
Though Stevens save this Deputy’s life, both the Sheriff and Baton Rogue Chief of Police stopped short of crediting him with saving the officer’s life, during a news conference. The officer was calling for help and eventually fired his service weapon to try and save his life. He continued to be attacked and it was only after Stevens responded to his call for help, and shot the felon, that the attack stopped. If this is not saving a life, I don’t know what would qualify.
Law abiding citizens in legal possession of firearms save lives. The vast majority of these incidents go unreported by the main stream media. Law Enforcement needs to step up and support concealed carry permit holders, ESPECIALLY when one saves the life of one of their own.