A good samaritan who intervened in a domestic violence assault has been deemed a hero by local police in New Mexico. The bystander shot and killed a man who was assaulting his estranged wife and daughter with a gun. He will not face charges (video below).
On Feb. 18, Xiao Gong was driving her daughter to the Albuquerque International Sunport when her truck was intentionally rammed by a car at an intersection. The car was driven by Qian Ming, Gong’s estranged husband, who was armed with a pistol, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
Ming exited his vehicle and began firing his weapon into Gong’s truck, wounding their daughter in the arm. He then forcibly grabbed the young woman, hauled her out of the truck and began to beat her with his firearm in the street.
A bystander on the scene who was armed approached Ming and attempted to break up the assault.
“Once he started walking up, he saw that there was a male violently pistol-whipping a female in the street,” Albuquerque Police Officer Simon Drobik recounted to KRQE News 13. “He got out of his vehicle and had his firearm on him and told that male to stop.”
The good samaritan opened fire and killed Ming, later telling law enforcement that he pulled the trigger after the deceased turn his weapon on him.
Witnesses Jesse Hopkins and Teresa Lopez said that they saw an unidentified woman crying over Ming’s body, and that deceased had multiple gunshot wounds.
“We were scared to death,” Hopkins told KOB 4. “We were minutes away from the whole thing. She was bent over on top of him in the fetal position.”
The bystander is reportedly a 34-year-old Uber driver with 12 years of service in the U.S. National Guard. His name has not been disclosed.
Drobik said that the man would not be charged for shooting Ming and that he was commended for saving the two women.
“To say the least, this guy prevented possibly a double homicide. That’s what we could have on our hands tonight,” Drobik said. “In my 19 years of experience, I would say that those two females would have been dead if he hadn’t stepped in and took action.”
The officer said that Gong was grateful for the man’s intervention.
“She said, ‘He saved our lives,'” Drobik reiterated. “I mean, that’s how much she was in fear of getting killed by this guy.”
Gong’s daughter, believed to be in her 20’s, is in stable condition, according to KOAT.
The case is now being reviewed by the Albuquerque District Attorney’s office.