Woman jumps on attacker's back to rescue injured officer, police say

"I could see in his eyes he needed help", she later told The Advocate of the officer, who has not been publicly identified.

Suspect Thomas Bennett, 28, allegedly managed to seize the officer's baton and beat him over the head with it, police said.

A Good Samaritan is being hailed a hero after she stepped in to save an injured Louisiana police officer who was being attacked during a traffic stop.

Bennett, who police say was found passed out in a vehicle with drug paraphernalia around him, was booked on multiple charges including aggravated battery, disarming of a peace officer, battery of a police officer and drug possession, jail records show.

The driver, 28-year-old Thomas Bennett of Albany, reportedly grabbed the officer's baton and began hitting him in the head with it. "You don't have time to think about it. ..."

That's when Williams-Tillman intervened.

L'Jean McKneely says the suspect grabbed the officer's baton and repeatedly bashed him on the head with it, and also tried to grab the officer's gun.

Bennett got out of the vehicle at the officer's request, but quickly became hostile, according to Baton Rouge police spokesperson Sgt. L'Jean McKneely. Williams-Tillman made sure that the "thin blue line" stayed safe in her community this morning.

Williams-Tillman spotted the attack on her way to Sam's Club and Walmart.

Williams-Tillman, the officer and Bennett were all taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

At that point, additional officers arrived on scene and a Taser was deployed on Bennett.

"In the picture below is Trenisha Jackson with Ms. Vickie Williams-Tillman".

Bennett was booked on charges of aggravated battery, disarming a police officer, resisting an officer with violence, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia, WBRZ reported. "Ms. Williams-Tillman is a hero and demonstrates the true meaning of loving God and loving your neighbor", Mayor President Sharon Weston-Broome said in a statement.

  • Larry Hoffman