Police authorities in Columbia, South Carolina, are thanking a pair of civilians who stepped in to help on Tuesday when a female officer struggled to arrest a confrontational suspect.
A video recorded on a smartphone by a bystander shows officer Ashley Hardesty attempting to arrest an agitated man outside a BP gas station.
According to the video description from the onlooker who posted it on Facebook, the suspect had punched the cashier at the gas station in the face and pulled a knife on her.
When the suspect refused to comply with theHardesty’s orders, she shot him with a stun gun, which appeared to only momentarily affect him.
Having recovered from the stun gun shot, the man, later identified as 39-year-old Donald Songster Brown, began to walk away.
“Stop! Get on the ground!” the Hardesty yelled. “Get on the [expletive] ground!”
The suspect did not comply and the pair then proceeded to tussle as Hardesty attempted to take the suspect down. The suspect pushed the officer to the ground after which she sprayed him with pepper spray.
As the scuffle continued, an onlooker charged in and tackled the suspect to the ground, while another onlooker landed several kicks. The officer is then seen completing the arrest.
“The guy that tackled him might have just saved his life!” Nate Williams, the man who posted the video online wrote.
The Columbia Police Department expressed gratitude to the Good Samaritans who stepped in to help.
Police late identified the Good Samaritan who stepped in to help as Cray Turmon, a homeless man. Columbia Police Chief Holbrook presented Turmon with several gifts at the residence where Tumron lives.
“The holiday season doesn’t always mean receiving a tangible gift outfitted with festive wrapping paper or Santa’s surprises,” the police department wrote on Facebook. “Often times, when you least expect it, an invaluable gift comes when you need it the most.
Police charged Brown with attempted murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and resisting arrest, Slate reported.
Police confirmed the events in the video and say Brown punched a woman in the face and threatened her and another person with a knife. He also didn’t let the pair leave the gas station.
Brown was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.