WEST ALLIS (WITI) — An alert West Allis man heading home from work early in the morning last week had his concealed carry permit and weapon with him, when he was able to save a woman he observed being beaten near 102nd and Lincoln. Charlie Blackmore, a Marine Corps veteran was able to hold the suspect, Kenneth Harris until officials arrived. Now, West Allis police have released surveillance video taken early Tuesday morning, March 12th.
West Allis police rushed to the scene after a 911 call from Blackmore Tuesday morning.
Dispatcher: “911. What is your emergency?”
Blackmore: “There is a black male that just beat up a female in the street. He’s walking away from me. I told him to stop. He’s coming at me. I have a gun.”
Dashcam video shows Blackmore holding the domestic violence suspect at bay. The suspect eventually put his hands up.
Blackmore: “Get down on the ground! I have a concealed carry permit and I have a pistol. I will shoot you.”
Police moved in, and took the suspect to the ground. Meanwhile, an officer talked with Blackmore about his gun and permit — questioning him, much like the 911 dispatcher did moments before.
Dispatcher: “Did you say you have a firearm on you?”
Blackmore: “Yes, I have it on me. I have a concealed carry permit, and if he comes at me, I’m going to take him down.”
The suspect was charged in connection with this beating. The victim told FOX6 News she is grateful to Blackmore — the hero who stopped the beating.
“Not all of us are crazy gun nuts. There are good people out there,” Blackmore said.
Some anti-violence spokespeople have warned not all concealed carry confrontations end the way this one did.
The West Allis Police Department has an internal program for victims of domestic violence that provides counseling and resources.
Victims can call the West Allis Police Department to learn more: (414) 302-8000.