Last year, an Ohio man with a concealed carry permit saved police officer Michael Wheeler’s life from the hands of a meth addict. On Wednesday, Wheeler, who serves in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, awarded his hero the city’s Citizen Award of Valor, Inside Edition reports.
The assailant, who later admitted to authorities he had been strung out on meth for several days, had been sleeping on a woman’s porch without permission when Wheeler confronted him. He attacked Wheeler, pinning him to the ground, and began grabbing at his belt in an attempt to get the officer’s gun. Wheeler, whose shoulder microphone was ripped off during the confrontation, was unable to call for backup.
During the struggle, Wheeler looked up and saw Dylan DeBoard, who announced he had a concealed carry permit and was pointing his weapon at the assailant. While the homeless man was distracted, Wheeler was able to get out from under him and handcuff him.