In this case, we have an interesting, and reassuring twist -- someone coming to the aid of a security officer. One of the primary roles of security professionals is to assist others, either in small ways, like giving directions, or in very severe cases, by preventing harm and saving lives. But recently in Florida, a cab driver helped a security officer who was involved in an altercation with two men who were allegedly causing a nuisance at a Wawa convenience store. The cab driver risked his life to save another and for that he deserves praise. -- IFPO.
By: Melonie Holt, James Tutten of WFTV ABC 9
COCOA, Fla. - Cocoa police said a cabbie shot and injured a man who charged after him when he tried to break up a fight.
The fight and shooting happened Sunday morning at the Wawa gas station on West King Street, but as of Monday evening, no one is facing charges.
Investigators are still putting together their case, which will be handed over to the State Attorney's Office.
"The security guard was just doing his job that's what he gets paid for," said Cocoa resident Bridget Rivera.
Police said after a complaint about public urination, the security guard asked two men to leave the store.
Once outside, an argument got physical and the security guard was punched and knocked to the ground. That's when a bystander with a concealed carry permit stepped in.
"I think if anybody has the opportunity to protect life and they feel like someone is in danger of being severely hurt, then they are within their (rights) to protect human life," said Detective Chris Hattaway, with the Cocoa Police Department.
Police said the bystander drew his weapon and ordered the men to stop.
But instead, police believe 46-year-old Rafael Santiago charged at the bystander, who fired a single shot, injuring Santiago.
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