Baltimore PD Files Gun Charges Against Former Marine Who Stopped Armed Criminal

John Simmons | September 28, 2022
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A former Marine who saved a man from being attacked by an armed criminal could now face jail time and a fine because he had a sidearm on his person -- for which he had a concealed carry permit. 

On July 4, Lloyd Muldrow, 57, was visiting his friend, Marshall Cullens, at the Tequila Sunset Bar in Baltimore on a holiday. When Muldrow arrived on the scene, he saw that Cullens was bleeding on his forehead, since Cullens was allegedly pistol-whipped by a man named Wesley Henderson.

Muldrow has been a member of the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment, which is a security and anti-terrorism unit. He also has experience in training other Marines in hand-to-hand combat and has himself disarmed several attackers in the past. So when he saw his friend being attacked, his natural -- and rightful -- instinct was to use his training to save Cullens.

"My natural reaction was to do as I was trained for my country,” Muldrow said

"If he hadn’t helped me, that guy would have killed me,” Cullens was heard saying on bodycam footage.

Muldrow didn’t even use his own sidearm in the rescue. But that didn’t matter to the Baltimore police, who arrested Henderson and Muldrow, the latter for charges of possessing a firearm within 100 feet of a public building and carrying a concealed weapon. Baltimore has been cracking down hard on gun crimes in the city; Mayor Brandon Scott said in an address in April that law enforcement took 573 guns off the streets and made 363 gun arrests.

Muldrow lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and has a concealed carry permit for that state (which unfortunately does not carry over into Maryland). But that does not serve as an excuse for the BPD to arrest a nearly 60-year-old Marine veteran, who didn’t use his own sidearm, for rescuing a friend.

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Muldrow will have a jury trial in the Baltimore Circuit Court on October 31, where he could face up to a year in prison, a $1,000 fine, and the possibility of losing his clearance for his job (in which he provides security for federal facilities). Heading into the trial, Muldrow said the reason for why he war arrested was pitiful and is hopeful the court will see it that way too.

"With the amount of violence going on in Baltimore, Maryland, I’ve heard mayoral comments that ‘we are getting guns off the streets,’" Muldrow said. "That’s what I’m thinking. However, the mitigating circumstances here are, you are taking the wrong gun off the street."

I couldn’t agree more.

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