Armed citizen apprehends assault suspect after attack

2013-01-24T14:32:00Z 2013-01-24T16:16:23Z Armed citizen apprehends assault suspect after attackBy Tyler Richardson, The World Coos Bay World
January 24, 2013 2:32 pm  • 

COOS BAY — A citizen used a .45 caliber handgun to detain a man he allegedly saw assault another man outside of Fred Meyers in Coos Bay on Wednesday.

Jeffory Snyder, 55, of North Bend, said he was in his car at a stoplight on Johnson Avenue with his wife, when they say Donald Johnson, 53, “sucker punched” Basil Broman, knocking the man unconscious.

Snyder, a former nurse, said he got out of the car to check on the 23-year-old Broman due the vicious nature of the punch.

“The first thing to hit was the back of the gentleman’s head on the sidewalk,” Snyder said. “The van in front of (Broman) almost ran over his head.”

Both Synder and his wife, also a former nurse, along with other bystanders, attended to Broman and called police. That’s when Snyder said Johnson took off on foot southbound on U.S. Highway 101 toward the Coalbank Slough Bridge.

Snyder followed Johnson, telling the man he couldn’t leave until police arrived. Snyder grabbed the back of Johnson’s shirt, turning him around, and the two had a “face-off.”

Synder, who said he suffers from disabilities and has a neck injury, said Johnson started to come at him and he started to retreat away.

“I didn’t want to fight him because he just knocked this other guy out,” Snyder said.

Fearing for his safety, Snyder pulled his handgun, which he carries legally with a concealed weapons permit. Snyder said the two men stood about six feet from each other.

“I pointed (the gun) right at his nose,” Snyder said.

Snyder said he pointed the gun at Johnson, clicking the safety off a one point as Johnson came toward him, for a “couple of minutes” until Coos Bay police arrived.

Capt. Chris Chapanar said there was mild confusion when police arrived and saw Snyder pointing the gun at Johnson. Snyder said he placed his gun on the ground and was immediately put in handcuffs. Police eventually let Snyder go and placed Johnson under arrest for fourth-degree assault after speaking with witnesses.

“I really did not want to shoot the man,” Snyder said. “I believe in a civilized society we don’t need to see people, even street people, knock someone out and get away with it. Someone has to do something.”

Chapanar said both Johnson and Basil are transients in the area and Johnson is well known to police.

While Snyder believes pulling the gun on Johnson saved him from serious physical harm, if he would have shot Johnson, he could have faced charges ranging from negligent homicide to murder.

Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said a person can defend themselves with a reasonable amount of force if they feel threatened, but a concealed weapons permit does not give a person the right to pull a gun.

“The question would be whether pointing the gun was a reasonable way to defend himself,” Frasier said.

Coos Bay police determined Snyder used reasonable force to defend himself and he was not charged with any crime in the incident.

Johnson was booked on the assault charge and was released from the Coos County jail on his own recognizance today.

Reporter Tyler Richardson can be reached at 541 269 1222 ext. 236 or at

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(20) Comments

  1. The Summitteer
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    The Summitteer - January 29, 2013 10:21 am
    You said "He didn't even NEED to use an assault weapon", My point was that it may be ruled an assault weapon under proposed legislation. We don't know.

    Don't get overconfident with the 9mm's stopping power and only 9 rounds. Good shot or not, they come with a 16 round clips for a reason. (The military has begun moving up to a .40 for that reason.) The last thing a victim needs is a lawsuit for maming (instead of killing) the attacker due to a lack of ammo from a weapon "designed to wound".
  2. penelop
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    penelop - January 28, 2013 11:20 pm
    I would be happy to turn in my mega-clips for smaller ones. If you need 16 rounds to take out an intruder, you are at best a pathetic shot. Which maybe you are. I liken this to those martial arts movies where the fighters hit each other umpteen times before the fight is over. Kind of makes you wonder just how effective their hits are. But the masses eat it up like Hollywood hopes they will.

    Talk about the sheeple and parroted opinions...keep watching Faux News! Paranoia rules!
  3. penelop
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    penelop - January 28, 2013 11:14 pm
    I did NOT assume it was a revolver which Mr. Snyder used. Did I ever say that? I said it was a handgun, which the story supports.

    I own a 9 mm handgun. When I was buying clips for it, I could NOT find any with less than 16 cartridges. I WANTED only 9 at the most, which realistically is the most I would need for defense. But no, those could only be ordered as specialty items. What does this say? It says that gun and ammunition manufacturers are at the heart of the problem.
  4. The Summitteer
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    The Summitteer - January 28, 2013 2:47 pm
    You are assuming it was a revolver (which is a fact not in evidence), IF it was a clip fed .45, it could be considered an ASSAULT weapon under the purposed legislation. Imagine, because you don't know what you are talking about, you might support an assinine law that would have prohibited Mr. Snyder's "heroic?" actions. Don't be one of Obama's sheeple, do your own homework and form an educated opinion before you post parroted opinions...
  5. penelop
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    penelop - January 28, 2013 1:26 pm
    Wow, and Mr. Snyder apprehended the suspect with only a handgun! He didn't even NEED to use an assault weapon...can you imagine?

    By the way, "Concearned" (love the spelling) the Obama administration wants to prohibit assault weapons, NOT all weapons. Keep reading Faux News for your daily dose of paranoia.
  6. Jim Dandy
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    Jim Dandy - January 27, 2013 6:59 pm
    Mr. Snyder should be honored by the city for his selfless act of heroism.
  7. nbsparky
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    nbsparky - January 27, 2013 2:46 pm
    Good job Mr Synder, as a fellow concealed weapons permit holder and carrier I applaud you for standing up for yourself and other citizens.
  8. Jim Dandy
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    Jim Dandy - January 27, 2013 10:59 am
    Oregon law fully supports Mr. Snyders actions. Thank you Mr. Snyder for caring enough to get involved.
  9. Jim Dandy
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    Jim Dandy - January 27, 2013 6:50 am
    koba541, Standing up for Johnson you would have been an accessory to an assault and potentially murder. A blow like that could have easily been fatal.

    ORS 398.306 a person can be held criminally liable as an "accessory after the fact" if she has knowledge that a crime was committed and assists the offender to hinder his apprehension.

    Mr. Snyder was fully justified under ORS 133.225 to stop him and use deadly force 161.255 to defend himself.

    Thank God for citizens like Jeff Snyder!
  10. Newsrocket 101
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    Newsrocket 101 - January 27, 2013 1:15 am
    Any conviction as suggested by the District Attorney would have to be determined by a jury. If the jury believed that the man feared for his personal safety he would be found not guilty. The other commenter is correct. A gun is not a wardrobe ornament. If the DA tried to convince the jury that the man was not in fear of his personal safety, and the jury bought his argument, it's likely the conviction would be overturned.
  11. Geno activist for all
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    Geno activist for all - January 27, 2013 12:03 am
    Kobe 541 I wish you had been there, also! Heck! You could of gone to jail for the 'misguided' person, that way he would not have been inconvenienced with a trip to Coquille, and have to provide a ride for himself back, at 2 am! When you see this person on the street, and you will, give him a hug and tell him on 'Pay day' you will sign over your check! You do work? don't you? This is my opinion and I'm stickin' to it! P.S. If you don't know Mr Johnson, I will introduce you to him! Satire!
  12. Geno activist for all
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    Geno activist for all - January 26, 2013 11:57 pm
    I would think, that when a 'Law Enforcement Person'(LEP) (notice the P.C. non gender?) pulls and points their weapons they have to submit a report, that the DA's can review if required! Do LEP, have a 'life time quota' of how many times they have to pull out their weapons? Will, Mr Snyder lose his 'concealed weapon' permit? Next time Mr Snyder, just 'slap his hand' just like the J.D. did!! Or just 'turn your face' everyone else does!
  13. skywatcher
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    skywatcher - January 26, 2013 12:25 pm
    koba541, I'm sure there will be many more violent criminals you can stick up for.
  14. The Summitteer
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    The Summitteer - January 26, 2013 11:22 am
    US citizens have the right to make a citizens arrest IF the citizen has personally witnessed a felony being committed. If the DA pleads this down to less than a felony, THEN Mr. Johnson could have a case against Mr. Snyder. It would have been completely unlawful for Mr. Snyder to fire his weapon for any reason other than to prevent loss of life. Legaly, it may have been unlawful to pull the weapon unless Mr. Snyder was being agressed by by Johnson at the time. The jury may rule otherwise.
  15. BusinessMan
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    BusinessMan - January 26, 2013 9:31 am
    Mr Snyder is a poster child for the anti gun zealots. He acted very irresponsibly in several ways. Yes he saw the assault but he became the aggressor by approaching Johnson and is very lucky he wasn't forced to take a life with his stupid move. He could have easily tracked Johnson from a distance without confronting him. His kind of mentality will get all our guns confiscated. Snyder should have his carry permit revoked. He obviously doesn't understand how and why to carry a gun.
  16. hdarcy
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    hdarcy - January 25, 2013 5:36 pm
    did the police take Snyders gun or give it back to him?
  17. Concearned
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    Concearned - January 25, 2013 8:27 am
    Jeffory Snyder was completely justified and has every right to pull his concealed weapon! What have we come to in our society when it becomes a crime to defend an unarmed citizen from attack?! Is D.A. Paul Frasier saying it's okay to have a concealed weapon's permit, it's okay to carry the concealed weapon, but it is a crime to take it out of the holster? That's just the kind of backward thinking that Obama supporters want these days... then they'll take all guns away and we'll be defenseles
  18. coos native
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    coos native - January 25, 2013 7:23 am
    Thank you Mr Snyder. I feel safer on the streets. maybe this will make criminals think twice you never can guess who may carry
  19. koba541
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    koba541 - January 24, 2013 6:53 pm
    Johnson has a case here for false inprisonment and being threatened with a firearm and being stalked. Wish I would have been there to stick up for him.
  20. Bulldog1979
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    Bulldog1979 - January 24, 2013 5:01 pm
    Good job Mr. Snyder and to all those Citizens who chose to help and not turn a blind eye.
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