A Provo, Utah policeman can thank a Good Samaritan for body-checking a fleeing suspect in a parking lot after trying to grab the officer’s gun and assaulting him.
Police body cam footage showing the dramatic incident was released by the Provo Police Department, and the video soon went viral online.
The officer had been responding to a welfare call in a Sam’s Club parking lot gas station, where a man in a grey shirt, 34-year-old Emiliano Medina, was asking people for water, reported the Daily Herald.
The officer came across Medina walking right beside the gas station and immediately asked if he was okay, but Medina simply responded by attempting to grab the officer’s firearm. The officer then tried to apprehend Medina, telling him to “get on the ground,” as can be heard in the video.
That’s when the man reportedly broke free, punched the police officer in the head, and took off with the officer in pursuit.
The suspect fled past a couple of good Samaritans, who then chased after the suspect before one of them bearhugged and then tackled him to the pavement, subduing him.
“Thanks guys,” the officer can be heard saying as he then cuffed the suspect.
The man was taken to the hospital where he tested positive for methamphetamines.