A US veteran has been arrested by Baltimore Police Department officers after saving the life of a man in an attack at a local pub. Now facing a record sentence and jail time, the soldier chooses to go to court rather than accept a plea deal.
On Monday, July 4, Lloyd Muldrow, 57, a Marine veteran and member of the Marine Corps Security Force (Presidential security detail), visited his friend Marshall Cullens in Baltimore, Maryland. However, by the time he got to the meeting point, his friend was in a heated altercation with another man, Wesley Henderson, according to the Washington Times.
The fight was instigated by Henderson, who was upset when he saw Cullens dancing with his ex-girlfriend. Henderson reportedly pushed the man, raised his pistol and yelled, “I’m going to kill everyone.”
Henderson had pistol whipped Cullens, causing him to bleed from his forehead, fundraiser GiveSendGo reports. However, when Muldrow saw the gun, he thought his friend had been shot. According to his account, “he took immediate action by disarming Mr. Henderson and then helping Mr. Collins hold Henderson on the ground,” neutralizing the attack.
Muldrow said in an interview with The Washington Times, “When I got there, I saw him [Cullens] bleeding profusely from his head. It looked like he had a gunshot wound to the forehead.”
He continued: “He was bleeding so profusely I couldn’t help but react. I saw the guy with the gun in his hand and hit and punched the guy. We went down and I secured the gun for him.”
Muldrow said on the crowdfunding website, “I’ve taught Marines hand-to-hand combat for many years. I have disarmed several enemies as well as IEDs. My natural reaction was to do what I learned for my country.”
After police arrived and investigated the scene, officers asked for Henderson’s gun but never found it. Based on testimonies from multiple witnesses who said they saw the gun and pointed it at him as an attacker, Baltimore Police Department officers arrested Henderson and charged him with aggravated assault.
According to Stark, Muldrow’s Defense Counsel, the police bodycam picks up officers and says, “It’s pretty common in Baltimore for the gun to be gone by the time it gets there. And that is exactly what happened in this case.”
Although the gun in question was never secured, his client “voluntarily told police that his gun was on his hip and police immediately took possession of it.”
Video shows the officer pulling out from under his light gray suit jacket, stained with blood for helping his friend, a .22 caliber Beretta M9.
Henderson was arrested, but an officer asked about Muldrow’s firearm and whether it was legal in the state. After an investigation, it was determined that the Marine had a concealed carry license in Virginia and “he had a job providing security for federal facilities that required armament.”
Officers thanked him for his service, but the supervising officer insisted that he be arrested, saying he broke the law by being in possession of a gun within 100 feet of a public building and a concealed weapon have worn.
“Lloyd gets up and goes out and walks around like a free man for a while and you hear a bunch of cops complaining that their lieutenant said to find out if that gun was legal,” Stark said. “And it sucks because the police have discretion. You don’t have to arrest every single case.”
A first responder speaks to the officer and asks why Muldrow is being arrested. The officer says if he were a cop it wouldn’t be a problem. Then the first responder said on the body cam, “This guy probably saved someone’s life and got arrested.”
Cullens is believed to have been talking to his friend as he says in the footage, “If you hadn’t helped me, that guy would have killed me.”
The security staff said, “That [police] The reaction was thanks because we didn’t have to kill or shoot anyone. The officials, even when they took me to jail, said please take care of this guy. This guy took care of us.”
The exiled soldier of mercy now fights for justice.
Stark wants a judge to consider his status as a respected member of the nation’s military, “a self-defense instructor” and a “mentor for the church” along with his heroic act before sending him to prison. Stark also wants the laws related to this case to be evaluated.
“Now, because of Maryland’s outdated and potentially unconstitutional gun laws, he faces jail as if he were every bit as delinquent as Mr. Henderson and not the selfless hero to his country and friends that he has proved to be. ” he said.
Muldrow faces a fine of up to $1,000 and up to a year in prison if convicted of a misdemeanor. He would also lose his concealed carry license, a circumstance that could jeopardize his job as security and training manager.
Maryland gun laws are strict and have recently become more complicated.
After the New York Supreme Court issued a revolutionary (Rifle v. Bruen) concealed weapons ruling that said the Second Amendment includes the right to carry a firearm outside the home, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, on Sept July 5 decided to relax the state’s concealed carry law.
A day after the altercation between Muldrow, Henderson and Cullens, the governor ordered state police to suspend the standard “for good and good reason” on claimants. The question is, will this stand for Muldrow? This [the arrest] was after Bruen,’ said Mr. Stark. “Bruen is very clear that one has the right to bear arms in self-defense.”
According to Zy Richardson, a spokesman for the Baltimore Attorney’s Office, the prosecutor’s office has no explanation because it does not comment on the ongoing investigation.
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