When the chase ended, both the deputy and the suspect exited their vehicles, and a fight began. The motorist, seeing the altercation, stopped, exited his vehicle, and drew his firearm. At that point, the assailant was on top of the deputy, and punching him repeatedly.
A witness reported that the deputy instructed the bystander to shoot the suspect. The man, licensed to carry his firearm concealed, issued a verbal warning. He told the suspect he would shoot if he didn’t stop assaulting the deputy. When the suspect refused to stop his attack, the man shot him three times.
The wounds proved fatal. An emergency crew that responded to the shooting performed CPR, but the man died. Deputy Bardes, who had cried out for help, was not shot. He was taken to the hospital, treated, and released.
There are no indications that Bardes fired his weapon. Though reports suggest that the suspect was armed, no details have been released on that, either.