HERO: Police Officer Attacked & Disarmed by Murder Suspect, Saved by Denver Paramedic

HERO: Police Officer Attacked & Disarmed by Murder Suspect, Saved by Denver Paramedic

Sometimes, it's not until the heat of battle you find out what you're truly made of. Earlier this year, a Denver paramedic's mettle was put to the test and he passed with flying colors.

On June 16 at 4AM, 28-year-old Dejuan Stamps was on the prowl when he came across two teenagers, Mave Murphy and Aidan Brown.

Dejuan Stamps, in custody for murder and assault

Dejuan Stamps, in custody for murder and assault

Without provocation and seemingly at random, Stamps attacked the teens, inflicting severe facial injuries.

As Denver Police and Paramedics responded to the fight in progress, 62-year-old James Farmer Jr., a local homeless resident, stepped in to defend the teens. Stamps turned on him and began viciously beating the elderly man in the middle of the street.

When Denver Police Officer Jonathan Davis arrived with Paramedic Lieutenant Otis McKay Jr., they saw Stamps standing over Farmer, who appeared motionless. At that point, officials say first responders "quickly recognized that the situation may possibly be a homicide in progress." They weren't wrong.

Officer Davis drew his service weapon and ordered Stamps to the ground. Instead, Stamps charged Davis, tackling him to the ground and disarming him.

With responding officers nearly five minutes away, Paramedic Lieutenant McKay stepped in to help Officer Davis. They fought with Stamps for over three minutes before finally subduing him.

Farmer was pronounced dead at the scene. Brown and Murphy survived their injuries.

From KDVR:

Davis and McKay were injured in the struggle, but police officials say the paramedic might have saved the officer’s life.

“Officer Davis and others in the Denver community could have suffered severe injury or death had it not been for Lt. McKay’s recognition of the severity of this situation and willingness to courageously assist officer Davis,” officials stated.

McKay was presented with the Bill Daniels Neighborhood Hero Award, which was established to recognize community members who make heroic efforts to help others.

“Lt. Otis McKay demonstrated tremendous courage and suffered injuries while helping police officers detain a dangerous suspect,” said Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund.

“We applaud Lt. McKay and all first responders who place themselves in harm’s way to keep our city safe.”

The Daniels Fund also donated $1,000 to the Denver Health Foundation, to be used for paramedic scholarships, in McKay’s honor.
Paramedic Lieutenant Otis McKay Jr. being honored for his heroic actions

Paramedic Lieutenant Otis McKay Jr. being honored for his heroic actions

Men like Lt. McKay and Farmer are the last remaining hope for America. There is no place in society for animals like Dejuan Stamps, who see fit to commit acts of violence at random, to take the lives of those that would interfere.

At a gathering honoring Farmer, Murphy told interviewers that if he could speak to Farmer, she "would thank him for performing such a selfless act for someone who he never met before."

“That’s something I’ve never experienced on such a close scale before so it was really moving.”
— Mave Murphy, assault victim

Brown's father echoed the sentiment:

“If [my son] sees somebody else in trouble, I hope that he would help them because of the gift that he received.”
— David Brown, father of assault victim
Flowers laid at a memorial for James Farmer Jr.

Flowers laid at a memorial for James Farmer Jr.

Stamps has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault. If he never sees the light of day again, it will only be too soon.

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