Bystanders tackle felon who pulled gun on man at Denver Burger King

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DENVER -- Good Samaritans at a Denver fast food restaurant jumped to a security guard's rescue Tuesday night, tackling a man to the ground after he pulled a gun on a security guard.

Police confirmed the incident took place at a Burger King near the intersection of West Colfax Avenue and Kalamath Street in the heart of downtown Denver.

Witnesses say that after a security guard told a man to leave the restaurant, the man became a suspect, pulling out a gun and pointing it at the guard. That’s when onlookers reportedly stepped in.

"Me and some bystanders helped rush him (the suspect) and take him to the ground,” witness Joseph Sanchez said. “That's when he was apprehended.”

As customers grabbed the suspect, witnesses said another security guard came to their aid.

"He (the security guard) tased (the suspect),” Sanchez said. “He (the suspect) was tased until he gave up his gun – until he stopped resisting. It could have been very tragic because there were a lot of family and kids around."

The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital in custody. Police said the man is a felon and should not have had a gun.



  • Keith

    Dangit u mean those new gun laws didn’t work….criminals still have guns? How in the world did that happen??

  • Robert Gift

    Thank you, Joseph Sanchez, and the others who helped.
    Glad the gun was not fired and anyone shot..
    Questionable reaction:
    Better to let the coward criminal take money and not risk people getting shot than trying to apprehend and an innocent is shot.

  • Da Ds

    @Derp, the name says it all i guess… If he had opened fire, and you were in the restaurant, you’d be thrilled a law abiding citizen, with the constitutionally protected right to own and carry a firearm, was there to fire back.

    I know that only matters when you are the one in danger. Folks like yourself are perfectly happy taking rights away from others even if it means they are less safe, so long as you feel warm and fuzzy.

  • DeeDub

    Where were all those tough, gun totin’, general public protectin’, macho, macho, citizens swearing how they will jump to everyone’s rescue so long as their 2nd amendment rights aren’t treaded on. Oh…..they were busy eatin’ their Whoppers!

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