Woman jumps on back of man attacking police officer, cops say

Posted February 23, 2017

He was reaching for officer Aime's gun when the petite 56-year-old woman jumped onto his back and brought the assailant down.

Vickie Williams-Tillman didn't stand by when she saw a Baton Rouge officer struggling with an arrest.

The incident occurred just before 8 a.m. on Sunday as Officer Aime, 44, found the 28-year-old suspect, Thomas Bennett, asleep in his auto and allegedly noticed drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

"I could see in his eyes he needed help", said Williams-Tillman.

'You don't have time to think about it ... "I know God led me in that direction when I left my home".

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The woman called police for more assistance before jumping on Bennett's back, officials said. After Bennett got out of the auto, the report says he became aggressive with the officer.

He also took the officer's flashlight and radio, according to the arrest report. Before he could answer, she saw the suspect leap toward the officer.

Guild was outnumbered and under attack when Jerry Burnham, 44, of Berrien Springs and a 50-year-old Plainwell man pulled over and saved Guild from a brutal beating, WZZM reported. The individual had already wrestled away the officer's baton and hit him in the head when she pounced.

Baton Rouge's mayor called Williams-Tillman a hero for trying to save the police officer.

Following the encounter, several took to Facebook to thank Williams-Tillman for her bravery. "She stopped to help my brother ... when he needed help with a suspect". "It was just instinct", she says, adding, "God led the way".

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"Vickie Williams-Tillman epitomizes the true Good Samaritan".

After the attack, Williams-Tillman said she and Aime hugged each other.

"What Mrs. Tillman did is certainly not something we hear a lot", Weston-Broome tells PEOPLE.

"For going above and beyond in that moment to help our officer and possibly save his life, we are forever grateful to you Ms. Vickie! For showing so much love and concern for one of our officers BRPDSalutes you", the police department said.

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