Published: Thu, February 23, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

Good Samaritan jumps on man attacking BR police officer

Good Samaritan jumps on man attacking BR police officer

Williams-Tillman said she wasn't concerned about her safety at the time, she was exclusively focused on helping the officer.

Vickie Williams-Tillman was headed to Walmart when she saw 28 year-old Thomas Bennett hitting an officer with his baton, reports KSDK.

Tillman was not the only one to see what was happening but she turned out to be the only one to react.

"It was something that went through my soul", Williams-Tillman said, adding that she didn't hesitate before stopping to help. Before he could answer, she saw the suspect leap toward the officer.

The post included a photo of Williams-Tillman and another woman, whom police identified to The Huffington Post as Trenisha Jackson.

Instead, she jumped out of her vehicle and onto the suspect's back.

A 29-year-old Baton Rouge mother remembered for her generosity and kind personality was shot... "The officer would have been within his right to use deadly force since the suspect was striking the officer about the head with the baton". Specifically, she got out of her vehicle and jumped onto the back of the man allegedly attacking the officer, the Advocate reports.

When the officer attempted to speak to Bennet, things quickly escalated into a brawl.

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That's when Williams-Tillman took action.

"She made a big difference", McKneely said. BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie and Officer Amie were both present at the conference.

Bennett was arrested on multiple charges, including aggravated battery, resisting arrest, disarming an officer and drug possession, WBRZ reported. "For showing so much love and concern for one of our officers BRPDSalutes you", the police department said. She immediately used the patrol car's radio to call for backup along Airline Highway before jumping on the suspect's back.

"A lot of people passed him up", Williams-Tillman later stated.

Seeing the scuffle unfold, Williams-Tillman initially pulled up alongside the police officer, rolled down the window, and asked if he needed help.

She became emotional, saying: "I'm just glad that he's here".

"I thought, 'They're not going to make it in time.' There was just a small amount of time before something could have happened". He needed help. I said 'I can't leave him'.

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