Being a police officer can be a grueling job. Besides the long hours, there are all the different and terrible types of crime one is exposed to. One off-duty officer from Black Mountain recently experienced this.
David Steven Bell, a 51-year-old man from Black Mountain, has been charged with assault following an incident at a local shopping mall where he physically harmed an 11-year-old girl.
An off-duty officer saw this happening and arrested him. His official charges are one count of assault on a female under 12 and two counts of assault on a female.
David Steven Bell of Black Mountain, North Carolina. | Photo: Asheville Police Department
An anonymous source took a video of the incident, which shows David surrounded by minors. The girl came towards him, and he pushed her and then threw punches at her.
The girl’s name and current condition, along with the status of the investigation, is not known. However, what is certain is that the investigation is still underway.
David, at 250 pounds and 6’5, claimed that he acted in self-defense because he felt threatened by the 11-year-old black girl. According to his attorney, he has PTSD, which can cause him to act out in stressful situations:
“His actions were in an effort to defend himself against the perceived threat from a large pack of youth who had trapped and surrounded him.” [sic]
Unfortunately, this is not the only case of a man assaulting a minor. Last year a man from Greenwood gave himself into the police claiming that he had drowned his six-month-old daughter in an icy lake.
The police immediately jumped on the case and tried to get to the baby before it was too late. Luckily, the baby had only been in the water for ten minutes before the police arrived, which gave her a better chance at survival.
The baby was taken to the hospital to be monitored. Her father was arrested and charged with first-degree domestic assault. He stated not being able to provide for his family as the cause of the murder.