A storm chaser covering the deadly tornadoes that ripped across the Dallas area over the weekend could have lost his life, but not for the reason you might think.
Veteran storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski was pursuing the storm on Monday when he drove by a man on the side of the road some 40 miles northeast of Dallas. His desire to help someone who might be hurt caused him to turn around and ask the man if he needed help.
As Piotrowski slowed his truck, the man lunged into his vehicle and tried to choke him and attack him with a knife.
“He lunged at me through my truck window and grabbed my throat,” Piotrowski told Reuters. He said it was the first time he had been attacked since he stated chasing storms 40 years ago.
Piotrowski had to swerve his vehicle back and forth several times to break free from the attacker’s grip. Eventually, he was able to speed away.
Piotrowski was noticeably shaken and his dash cam recorded the entire incident. It’s chilling to watch as this man takes complete advantage of Piotrowski’s kindness during what was no doubt a tragic event for some.
Piotrowski drove until he found a police officer, whom he told what had happened.
Police arrested Victor Rodriguez, 28, charged him with aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Piotrowski is an award-winning photo journalist, and his encounter with Rodriguez serves as a reminder that we can never be too prepared.
He’s lucky to be alive and his experience reminds us all why the Second Amendment is so important.
The world is full of crazy people and it’s good to have some sort of defense against them.
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