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Blurred Justice: 'Hero' arrested after disarming gunman

Cobb County's criminal justice system led to one moment in time that defined both a hero and a criminal.

Jessica Noll, Brendan Keefe

Published: 4/26/2018 3:47:52 PM
Updated: 6:03 PM EDT May 9, 2018

KENNESAW, Ga. – What would you do if a man in a bar parking lot pointed a gun at you and your friends?

Matt Solon, now 25, leapt into action, disarmed the gunman and whaled on him, making sure he was unable to further advance on him or his friends.

His swift moves seemed heroic to witnesses, but when police arrived, they arrested him. And, only him, that night.

Solon was handcuffed, put in the back of a Kennesaw Police officer’s cruiser and charged with battery and possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Solon told 11Alive investigators that he was saving his three friends, including a U.S. congressman’s son from being shot—police officers on the scene, said he was an assailant who went too far.

The man who pulled the gun? He wasn’t immediately arrested—but, already had charges pending against him that involved drugs and gun possession.

Here’s the whole story.

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