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Video: Civilians Help Philly Transit Officer Win Brutal Fight

March 18, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Civilians Help Philly Transit Officer Win Brutal Fight

Ron Jones, a SEPTA police officer, heard a radio call just before 3 p.m. yesterday about a man armed with a gun boarding a Broad Street Line subway car at Spring Garden Street, SEPTA Police Chief Tom Nestel said.

Once on board, the man allegedly tried to steal a woman's baby, Nestel said.

Jones waited at the next stop, Fairmount Avenue. When the train arrived, the man emerged - and charged the transit cop. Jones used his baton and pepper spray to no effect, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

"It was without a doubt a life-or-death battle," Nestel said. "The guy has a good 100 pounds on the cop. He takes the cop down three times."

Jones eventually called out for help. Two passengers ran to his aid and helped the cop pin his attacker.

Backup officers soon arrived and helped Jones lock up the brawler, whose name was not immediately released.

Tags: Transit Officers, Assaults on Officers, Civilians Helping Officers


Comments (8)

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Rick @ 3/18/2014 3:33 PM

First, it's sad that the cop had to call out for help and citizens didn't want to assist without prompting. Second, it's sad that citizens didn't have CCW permits to assist with the capture.

David @ 3/18/2014 4:28 PM

The suspect was reported to be armed with a gun, why didn't Officer Jones have his drawn? Given the disparity of force he would have been justified in using deadly force to stop his attacker.

When I get a man with a gun call whose reportedly just committed or is committing a felony, mine is drawn as I approach them. In this situation, he'd be challenged at gun point from cover if available and engaged with deadly force if he did not cease his attack when ordered.

Maybe Pennsylvania's laws are different from my states, but I doubt that they are that different. I agree that he shouldn't have had to ask for help & that it's s shame that the law abiding cirizens of Philadelphia evidently have such a hard time obtaining CCW permits.

stan @ 3/18/2014 4:40 PM

Too many people in background to have a gun battle right there. And I didn't see the subject holding the gun. Not being there at the time, I think it was a great job. And in Philly, just the fact that someone helped out is a shock.

Sonya @ 3/18/2014 6:08 PM

Thank God for citizens that will help police officers. In my opinion we don't see this enough today.

Greg @ 3/19/2014 7:37 AM

The same citizens who would be the concealed carry holders are the guys who come to the aid of officers. Sadly, how many police chief politicians are very anti-civilian gun ownership? All of them. Sheriffs, no...chiefs beholden to their masters vs. the voters, yes. It isn't sheriffs standing behind Bloomberg....all Chiefs or State Police.

It's too bad the officer had to ask, but you also don't want to be shot coming to his aid when he doesn't know if your the friend of the bad guy or there to help. Lots of officers die in friendly fire.

Keith Rosario @ 3/20/2014 9:51 AM

Don't be so quick to praise the civilians (generalized)....50 heartless animals can be seen cheering on the perp and standing around for the duration of the video for ringside seats and or video taping to get a viral video of an LEO death without a second thought except hopes of being compensated well! Look again at the video for the life & death struggle the lonely officer faced before any 'samaritan' stepped up. Those watching and videotaping are taking part in a criminal act as the perp is. I am sickened at the lack of respect/morals/ concern by civilians at large today. Makes us question, albeit briefly, who we are protecting after all. Thanks to the few that (eventually) stepped up and shame on the savage onlookers. Grateful this wasn't another LODD training film.

R G Montgomery @ 3/21/2014 10:37 AM

It is good that someone helped; good on them.

I don't find it unusual at all for 'civilians' to be reluctant to assist an officer. For fifty years or more, the official word from most departments has been to stay clear of such things and don't get involved. None of this has to do with officer safety, of course. It's based on limiting liability (for non-officers) and also with the same theory that denies ordinary people arms.

That way of doing business needs to change. Last week.

bob retired leo NYS @ 3/21/2014 9:50 PM

Im glad the officer was not seriously injured. I observed what appeared to be the morons cheering in the backgound and not assisting. I thnk the officer used great restraint not drawing his weapon in such a crowded station which my have jeopardized the public. I have been in that situation where there were crowds and you have to take on the perp. I only wish back then we had tasers. Wether I worked in NY or FL. I was always fortunate to have civilians come to assist without being asked.

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