NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – A quick-witted security guard credited with saving lives at a busy Broadway bar has received more recognition for his bravery.
Metro Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake visited the Lucky Bastard Saloon Friday night to personally thank Mike Kuhn for his actions the previous weekend.
Chief Drake also surprised Kuhn with a challenge coin as a token of appreciation.
“He thanked me and he was very kind,” Kuhn said after the two shook hands and hugged.
“His actions saved the lives of tourists, the lives of officers, and I wanted to come here and say thank you,” Drake said.
Police say just before midnight on Friday, July 22, officers were working to arrest Ja’Corious Hudson when Christopher Quintero intervened. Kuhn saw Quintero pull out a gun and jumped from an open front bar window onto Quintero and knocked the gun out of his hands. Officers then rushed to arrest Quintero.
The entire incident was captured on the body camera of one of the responding officers.
“The individual said he was going to pull out his gun and see what happened,” Drake said. “It could have been just a tragedy. We could have had a mass shooting or whatever.”
“I just saw it happen,” Kuhn recalled. “I wasn’t going to let anything bad happen on the street, especially if I could affect it, so I did what I thought was the right thing to do at the time.”
Kuhn is an Army veteran who said he only worked at the Lucky Bastard Saloon for a few months. While his military service has taken him around the world, he has never seen anything like what happened Friday in the United States.
Quintero is charged with six counts of aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon under the influence, public intoxication and possession of marijuana. Hudson was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He posted $2,000 bond.