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Good Samaritans Help Female Police Officer Being Attacked By Suspect

The police chief in an Ohio town is saluting four Good Samaritan who helped a female officer who was attacked during a traffic stop.

Willoughby Police Chief Jim Schultz is offering his personal thanks to several Good Samaritans who stopped to help one of his officers during an incident Saturday afternoon.

According to officials with the Willoughby Police Department, Officer Stacee Wright pulled a driver over for speeding when the man stopped and got out of the car without being asked. Wright asked him to sit down, but the male refused, eventually pointing his finger near her face and pushing her.

Eventually it escalated to a physical struggle.

Some nearby bystanders leaped into action to help Officer Wright.

WKYC-TV reports:

"Willoughby Det. Sgt. Michael Sevel tells 3News that Wright did a good job in that situation, along with the help of bystanders who leapt into action.
As Wright and the suspect were struggling, four people who were not previously in the area stopped to help, and they assisted her in subduing the man and arresting him.
"His behavior was aggressive towards her, he refused several commands of hers, all of these are red flags," Sgt. Sevel explained. :So we’re thankful it ended the way it did, because it could have ended worse.”
Schultz made it a point to salute the community in a statement put out on Facebook.
"I am so proud of our community and the tremendous support we receive on a day to day basis," Schultz wrote earlier this week. "Saturday was another awesome example. I greatly appreciate it!! Thank you!""

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