A female police officer struggled to arrest a confrontational suspect in Columbia, South Carolina, on Dec. 19, as another man rushed in to help.
A video recorded on a smartphone by a bystander shows the officer attempting to arrest an agitated man outside a BP gas station.
According to the video description from the onlooker who posted it on Facebook, the suspect had punched the cashier at the gas station in the face and pulled a knife on her.
When the suspect refused to comply with the officer’s order, she shot him with a stun gun, which appeared to only momentarily affect him.
Having recovered from the stun gun shot, the man began to walk away.
“Stop! Get on the ground!” the officer yells. “Get on the [expletive] ground!”
The suspect did not comply and the pair then proceeded to tussle as the officer attempted to take the suspect down.
The suspect pushed the officer to the ground after which she sprayed him with pepper spray.
As the scuffle continued, an onlooker charged in and tackled the suspect to the ground, while another onlooker landed several kicks.
The officer is then seen completing the arrest.
“The guy that tackled him might have just saved his life!” Nate Williams, the man who posted the video online wrote.
Fox News reported that a spokesperson for the Columbia Police Department expressed gratitude to the Good Samaritans who stepped in to help.
Police charged Donald Songster Brown, 39, with attempted murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and resisting arrest, Slate reported.
Columbia police responded to the scene on the 100 block of Elmwood Avenue around 1:30 p.m.
Police say Brown punched a woman in the face and threatened her and another person with a knife. He also didn’t let the pair leave the gas station.
Brown was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Epoch Times’ Petr Svab contributed to this report.
Credit: Facebook/Nate BossHogg Williams via Storyful