When a civilian saw a couple attacking a police officer, he made the decision to intervene and save the day.
As per reports, Sheriff’s Deputy Jason was investigating a suspicious vehicle when a second car drove by and the passengers started yelling death threats. Jason attempted to arrest the driver, 22-year-old Sammy, for threatening a police officer. Then, things turned violent.
“The deputy was not stalking them or following them,” Sheriff Tim said. “They sought out the deputy last night; they challenged the deputy; they yelled obscenities in the presence of other people; they drew the deputy’s attention last night.”
When Jason had his hand inside Sammy’s vehicle to retrieve his license and registration, the man quickly rolled up his window, trapping the officer’s hand. Jason had no choice but to break the window to free himself.
In the confusion, Sammy was able to exit the vehicle and then reportedly violently attacked the deputy. Sammy’s girlfriend, 21-year-old Brittany, allegedly joined in and jumped on Jason’s back. To make things worse, the couple’s pit bull got out of the vehicle and was acting aggressively toward the officer.
Sammy had Jason in a chokehold, and the officer was beginning to lose consciousness. That’s when a passing civilian, Peter, decided he had to step in.
He was able to pull Sammy away, but was attacked by the pit bull in the process. Peter was not seriously injured and only sustained minor injuries to his hand.
“Were it not for the actions of Mr. Peter, this very easily could have ended with another dead police officer,” said District Attorney Michael.
A second officer arrived at the scene and was able to drag Sammy to the patrol car. Sammy will be charged with attempted murder while his girlfriend, Brittany, is charged with felony assault.
The pit bull has been taken to an animal shelter, and it is unclear whether it will be euthanized.
At the time of the attack, Sammy was out on bail for making threats against an officer. That officer was Jason, and the threats stemmed from when Jason pulled Brittany over in July.