Having a pretty good idea where gus was talking about, (having been there late night/early morning myself years ago) I think he did well.
The high probability is there were no "good guys" involved. It was more likely turf time...there are parts of Tacoma I don't like being in, even in the day time, let alone at night.
Personally, I don't own a cell phone, and don't want one. They don't work where I live anyway. But even if I did have a cell phone, I, personally, would have probably done what he did,,,get the H*** out of their, safely if at all possible, and let them worry about their turf war on their own.