Michael Ryan VanGelder thought he was threatening a helpless a woman when he started a verbal altercation with 39-year old Elizah Bullock, threatening her with a knife. Little did she know she had a guardian angel with a Glock.
The two started a verbal altercation in Lebanon, Oregon on the evening of September 30th. Things escalated quickly and VanGelder started threatening Bullock with a large, fixed-blade knife, reported The Democrat-Herald.
U.S. Army veteran Mica Smith saw the altercation and drew his Glock 42 .380 and pointed it at VanGelder who immediately tried to flee the scene.
Bullock and Smith chased and tackled VanGelder, who allegedly responded by assaulting Bullock during the scuffle.
VanGelder was arrested and charged with unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, fourth-degree assault, and second-degree disorderly conduct. During his court hearing, his sister stated that he suffered from a mental disorder.
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