Good Samaritan jumps on man attacking BR police officer

Good Samaritan rescues injured officer by jumping on suspect's back during attack

Good Samaritan rescues injured officer by jumping on suspect's back during attack

She called 911 when she saw the officer tussling with the suspect and jumped into action when the suspect got a hold of the officers baton and reached for his gun.

The incident occurred just before 8:00am on Sunday, when a 44-year-old police officer found the suspect, 28-year-old Thomas Bennett, asleep in his vehicle.

Williams-Tillman, 56, began to brake and rolled down her vehicle window to ask the officer if he needed help. "You don't have time to think about it ..."

According to police, the incident happened on Harry Dr. off Airline Hwy. south of Tom Dr. just before 8 a.m. Officials said Aime conducted a routine traffic stop, but things became violent. All three individuals involved were taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries. Before he could answer, she saw the suspect leap toward the officer.

When the suspect lunged at the officer and grabbed his baton, she knew she had to move.

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When the officer didn't respond, Williams-Tillman "locked eyes" with him and realized that he could not speak.

The Baton Rouge Police Department thanked Williams-Tillman for her heroic act in a Facebook post Sunday.

Beckoned to the microphone, Williams-Tillman was overcome.

Williams-Tillman was driving to do some shopping when she spotted Aime grappling with Bennett.

'Without her stopping, I can't tell you what the outcome would have been'.

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"Vickie Williams-Tillman epitomizes the true Good Samaritan", Weston-Broome said.

After embracing the diminutive and teary-eyed Williams-Tillman at the press conference, Aime also grew emotional, his voice cracking as he thanked her, saying, "This is a true hero right here that saved my life".

"It was something that went through my soul".

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

Instead, she jumped out of her vehicle and onto the suspect's back.

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At that point, additional officers arrived on scene and a Taser was deployed on Bennett. For showing so much love and concern for one of our officers BRPDSalutes you!'

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