A Louisiana woman bravely intervened when she witnessed a suspect beating a police officer.
According to Fox News, Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, driving in her car when she saw a Baton Rouge police officer being attacked by a suspect, who was beating him in the head with the officer’s baton.
The officer, who has not been identified, had reportedly apprehended the suspect, Thomas Bennett, on Sunday morning after he found him sleeping in vehicle. The officer reportedly found drug paraphernalia in the car, and the suspect became aggressive after he was asked to exit the vehicle.
When Williams-Tillman saw the struggle, she came to the officer’s aid — by jumping on the suspect’s back.
“I could see in his eyes he needed help,” Williams-Tillman told The Advocate. “You don’t have time to think about it … I did what God needed me to do.”
Shortly after Willams-Tillman, police backup arrived and stopped the suspect with a stun gun, according to Fox News.
Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome praised the woman’s heroism to Fox News.
“Vickie Williams-Tillman epitomizes the true Good Samaritan,” Weston-Broome said. “She reached out and offered a courageous and unconditional response to the officer. Ms. Williams-Tillman is a hero and demonstrates the true meaning of loving God and loving your neighbor.”
Both Williams-Tillman and the officer suffered minor injuries and were treated at a hospital before being released.
Photo: Baton Rouge Police Department