A Good Samaritan is credited with stepping in and rescuing a Baton Rouge police officer who was being attacked by a suspect during a traffic stop.
The Baton Rouge Police Department gave a special thank you on its Facebook page to Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, for assisting the officer.
BRPD reported Thomas Bennett, 28, of Albany, was arrested in the attack.
According to police, the incident happened on Harry Drive off Airline Highway south of Tom Drive just before 8 a.m. Officials said the officer conducted a routine traffic stop, but things became violent.
The officer allegedly found drugs in the vehicle and was attempting to arrest the suspect. The suspect, however, allegedly began to struggle and managed to grab the officer’s police-issued baton.
The suspect reportedly hit the officer in the head.
Investigators said Williams-Tillman saw what was happening decided to step in to try and help the injured officer. She reportedly jumped on the back of the suspect in an attempt to get him off the officer.
At that point, additional officers arrived on scene and a Taser was deployed on the suspect.
The woman, the officer, and the suspect were all transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The officer was suffering from the head injury and had bleeding to his mouth and head. Williams-Tillman reportedly hurt her wrist.
The injured officer’s name has not been released. It has been learned he has 21 total years of service, nine of those with BRPD.
Bennett will be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Investigators reported he will be charged with aggravated battery, disarming a police officer, battery on a police officer, resisting an officer with violence, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.