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Concealed carrier holds stabbing suspect until police arrive

Austin Police say Lt. Brandon Teel held a suspect, accused of stabbing his brother, until officers were able to get on scene. (Photo: KATV)

AUSTIN, Ark. (KATV) - Austin police are crediting a concealed carry holder for helping save a man who was being stabbed by his brother.

Monday night police were dispatched to a stabbing at 10 Marie Lane, where they found 47-year-old Darren Terry with three lacerations. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Darren's brother, 30-year-old Chris Terry, was taken into custody for first-degree domestic battery in the case and is being held at the Lonoke County jail on a $10,000 bond.

Upon further investigation, authorities learned a Good Samaritan, identified as Lt. Brandon Teel, witnessed the incident and reported the crime to police.

When he realized the severity of the fight, police say Teel took out his concealed weapon, for which he has a valid permit, and held the suspect until Austin officers were able to take him into custody.

Teel, 35, of Ward, is an active-duty United States Air Force Reserves 189th Airlift Wing and is stationed at the Little Rock Air Force base.

The Austin police chief says Teel's actions saved a life.

"Lt. Teel is a perfect example of a responsible concealed carry permit holder," said Chief Bill Duerson. "He acted heroically in the face of extreme danger and avoided a tragedy."

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