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A Texas deputy says a Marine veteran with a concealed-carry firearm saved his life earlier this month.

On January 19, Bastrop County Deputy Dylan Dorris attempted to pull over a motorist who was driving erratically.

The driver did not initially comply, but he eventually stopped at a gas station.

Once the vehicle was stopped, Dorris attempted to arrest the driver, but he resisted. While Dorris was struggling with the driver, the man allegedly reached for the deputy’s weapon.

That's when Marine veteran and concealed-carry permit holder Scott Perkins jumped into action.

Seeing the struggle, Perkins immediately intervened, drawing his weapon and ordering the suspect to freeze.

The criminal halted his attack and fled. He was arrested a short time later and currently faces charges of aggravated assault of a public servant, taking an officer’s weapon, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, and driving while under the influence with a child under 15. He is in Bastrop County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Following the incident, Dorris praised Perkins, telling the Austin American-Statesman, "I’m alive today because of him."

"There are no words to explain it. He’s such an outstanding citizen. He’s here for our country, our community, and you really feel the love."

Perkins, however, remained humble despite his heroics.

"Anytime somebody is in need of help, you should assist them," he said. "It doesn’t matter whether your life is in danger or not, you should always assist anybody who is in need."

Watch a local report on the incident above.

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