WEST ALLIS (WITI) — 911 calls have now been released following the attack of a woman in West Allis on Tuesday, March 12th. An alert Marine Corps veteran with a concealed carry permit was on his way home from work late Tuesday night when he stepped in and stopped the beating.
Concealed carry has been law for just over a year in Wisconsin. On Tuesday, West Allis police released 911 tapes and police records in a case where they say a concealed carry permit was properly used to help save a woman.
Dispatcher: “West Allis 911. What is the address of your emergency?”
Charlie Blackmore: “There’s a black male that just beat up a female in the street. He’s walking away from me. I told him to stop.”
Blackmore was on his way home from work after a 12-hour shift at 4:30 in the morning on Tuesday. That’s when he saw the assault happening near 102nd and Lincoln Avenue in West Allis. He jumped out of his car and called police.
A calm and collected Blackmore kept his gun out as he set the scene for dispatchers.
Blackmore: “I have a concealed carry permit and I have my pistol on me right now. Get down. If you come at me, I will shoot you.”
The man on the other end of the gun is 44-year-old Kenneth Harris. Newly-released documents say Harris met his ex-girlfriend at her apartment, knowing she was on her way to work. He punched the woman in the face, breaking a bone. Documents say Harris began repeatedly striking her until Blackmore showed up.
Blackmore: “If he comes at me, I’m going to take him down. Get down on the ground.”
Dispatcher: “Do you have the gun on him?”
West Allis Police Chief Charles Padgett says in this instance, Blackmore did the right thing. Blackmore says this is the very reason he got his permit — for protection.
The West Allis Police Department says carrying a weapon is a personal decision. The chief said Blackmore did the right thing by telling dispatchers he had a permit.
Harris is now charged with one count of substantial battery.