“If the 2 people watching close by had not selflessly taken it upon themselves to help the officer, the accidents he sustained might have been a lot worse,” stated Fredericksburg Police Chief Brian Layton. “I can’t thank them sufficient for bravely placing themselves in peril.”
The incident unfolded Wednesday on a Walmart parking zone in Fredericksburg when police have been referred to as to answer a suspicious particular person rifling via one other particular person’s automotive.
The responding officer discovered stolen items within the man’s possession and tried to detain him, in response to metropolis police spokeswoman Sarah Morris. The person, recognized as 31-year-old Joshua J. Duggins, reportedly started strolling away from the officer earlier than he rotated and punched the officer.
The cop fell to the bottom, the place Duggins allegedly continued touchdown blows.
Two Good Samaritans rushed to the officer’s help and pulled the suspect off the cop.
Duggins was charged with assault on a regulation enforcement officer and malicious wounding, and positioned within the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
Fredericksburg police stated the incident notches the third time in three months an officer has been attacked, together with on April 24 when a cop was punched within the face whereas making an attempt to take somebody to the hospital.
Officers throughout the nation have additionally reported being assaulted in current months, amid Black Lives Matter and Democratic leaders calling for police departments to be defunded within the wake of George Floyd’s dying.
Police in Illinois launched dashcam footage this week, for instance, displaying a suspect choking an officer throughout a visitors cease. Whereas in Delaware earlier this yr, one officer died after being overwhelmed whereas responding to a name for assist.