Published: Thu, February 23, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

Woman Rescues Officer From Attack By Jumping On Assailant's Back, Police Say

Woman Rescues Officer From Attack By Jumping On Assailant's Back, Police Say

Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, who was in her vehicle during the attack, called police.

Williams-Tillman called 911, but when the man began to assault the officer with his own baton, she jumped out of her auto onto the attacker's back. He allegedly tried to grab the officer's gun as well.

"I thought, 'They're not going to make it in time.' There was just a small amount of time before something could have happened". "I know God led me in that direction when I left my home".

The post included a photo of Williams-Tillman and another woman, whom police identified to The Huffington Post as Trenisha Jackson.

Williams-Tillman, 56, began to brake and rolled down her auto window to ask the officer if he needed help.

Police said that 28-year-old Thomas Bennett, who was found asleep inside his vehicle with drug paraphernalia out in the open, became aggressive when confronted by Aime.

"When [Jackson] heard about the incident she went to check on the other officer", police Sgt. Don Coppola said.

Without hesitating, Williams-Tillman sprung into action, police say ― first by calling 911 for backup and then by physically helping fight off the man.

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According to WBRZ-TV, the officer was brought to the hospital with minor injuries.

Mr. Bennett's bond was set at $167,000. He has not gone to court yet and has not yet entered a plea.

Bennett was arrested on aggravated batters, disarming a police officer, battery on a police offer, resisting an officer with violence, possession of cocaine and possession drug paraphernalia charges.

That's when Williams-Tillman intervened. "Ms. Williams-Tillman is a hero and demonstrates the true meaning of loving God and loving your neighbor".

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

Seeing the scuffle unfold, Williams-Tillman initially pulled up alongside the police officer, rolled down the window, and asked if he needed help.

"We have just lost too many men", she adds.

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