Fancy Footwork Saves Life of Armed Suspect

By Simon Veazey, Epoch Times
May 4, 2018 Last Updated: May 19, 2018

A grandad with a walking cane probably saved the life of a fleeing suspect—by tripping him up with some fancy footwork.

Police in Columbus, Ohio released footage from body cameras and CCTV showing the moment that a man waiting outside Columbus library sent an 18-year-old flying with a perfectly-timed move.

“April 3, 2018 ‘Bill’ was at a west Columbus library with his granddaughter,” said the Columbus Division of Police in a statement.

“He was waiting outside to leave when he heard police sirens. He tells us he looked around and saw a man with his hand in his waistband running toward him.”

In the footage, the officers can be heard repeatedly warning the suspect to stop as they chase him, weapons drawn.

If Bill had not intervened at that precise moment to bring down the suspect, police say the suspect could have been killed.

“That move likely saved the 18-year-old suspect’s life. It also allowed police to catch up to him to make an arrest,” said the police statement.

A Glock 9 mm pistol with a high capacity extended clip containing 29 rounds was recovered from the scene and the suspect, with a lengthy criminal record, went back to jail.

According to the the police, despite the fall at high-speed, no one was injured.

“Community involvement, be it by courage, bravery and/or fancy footwork, helped take a criminal off the streets of Columbus,” said the police.

Credit: Columbus Division of Police via Storyful