BOSTON (CBS) – Police say a man who witnessed an attempted robbery at Franklin Park Golf Course stopped the incident when he pulled out a gun and fired a warning shot. It happened at about 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.
Wayne Strew, 38, of Dorchester, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.READ MORE: Massachusetts To Consider Allowing Supervised Drug-Use Sites In Virtual Hearing At Statehouse
Strew allegedly approached a woman working on the course and attempted to rob her. Boston Police said Strew put his hands around the woman’s neck and threatened to kill her.
The man who pulled the gun is a chef at the course and has a license to carry. He says he stands by his actions. “I’m supposed to, that’s my job,” he said.
Police said Strew walked toward the man and reached into his waistband while making threats. That’s when police said the man fired one shot “away from any persons or property.”
As a result, other people in the area called 911 and police rushed to the scene and arrested Strew.
The chef, who did not want to be identified, said he would do it again to protect his business and his employee.READ MORE: Gov. Baker Calls For Action Towards Ending Nurses' Strike At St. Vincent Hospital
“That’s my business, and she’s my employee,” he said. “It’s really simple.”
The man voluntarily turned over his gun and license to carry over to police.
Strew was arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on Monday.
Loice Venon was golfing on the hole where the incident played out.
“We were just out there looking for a Mother’s Day round of golf and it was going really well, then we hear gunshots in the distance,” he said. “Around the corner we see a guy being held up at gunpoint on our hole, right next to where my buddy is trying to chip onto the green. We were like, ‘What the hell is going on?’
Venon, a student at MIT, called 911. He said this was his first time golfing, and added that he and his group were back to playing within about 20 minutes.MORE NEWS: First Afghan Refugees Arrive In Massachusetts
“I can say it was the craziest round of golf in my life, confidently,” he said. “It felt surreal. I was like there is no way this is happening at this time.”