When OfficerJustin Roby arrived on the scene at a London, Kentucky grocery store, he expected to make an arrest. But things went down a little differently.
A father of a six-month-old who reportedly had fallen on hard times was caught shoplifting baby formula. But instead of arresting the man, Officer Roby bought him the baby formula he needed.
"You put yourself in the situations," Roby told WKYT. "I think, 'Well, what if me and my son, what if this was us?'"
He told the station that the store didn't want to press charges and that he, too, understood that the man's situation was unique.
"As a police officer, it's not black and white for us," Officer Roby said. "There's a lot of gray. And you have to cipher through everything and you really need to figure out the whole story."
Officer Roby decided that poverty was enough of an issue for the new dad to deal with, and referred him to services that aid struggling families.
Way to go, officer.
Correction: This article has been updated to fix a spelling error and to attribute the officer being from London, Kentucky, not the UK.