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Video: Civilians Help Texas Officer Arrest Aggressive Suspect

May 27, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Civilians Help Texas Officer Arrest Aggressive Suspect

An Arlington, TX, police officer is feeling grateful for his training and for some alert citizens who rushed to help him when he chased and took down an aggressive man who was threatening drivers.

It happened Tuesday afternoon in the middle of Green Oaks Boulevard in Southwest Arlington.

It was right next to an elementary school where kids were leaving to go home, and the officer knew the stakes were high to end a dangerous situation safely, NBC DFW reports.

Officer Richard Morrison was flagged down by a motorist and told about a man who was acting strangely, being aggressive, lunging at vehicles.

The man even threatened a woman with a knife, witnesses said.

At the end of a short vehicle pursuit, Morrison got out of his car with his pistol drawn. The suspect also got out of his car.

"I can see that he doesn't have any weapons, but he starts to approach me aggressively. At that point, I transitioned from my firearm to my Taser," said Morrison.

The man kept coming and Morrison had to deploy the Taser four times to get him under control, catching the attention of passing drivers.

At least four citizens who stopped to help, two of them helping to get the guy in handcuffs.

Police believe the suspect was under the influence of drugs.


Comments (5)

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kevcopAz @ 5/28/2016 7:30 AM

Now this is what citizens that care about anything other then tube do, they HELP Law Enforcement not interfere as we see in many videos. Thanks for the help.

Thomas Rocker Sr. @ 5/28/2016 9:52 AM

This is how it should work, 1 man units often run into the need for a back up that minutes away and you need help now. Than you for your much needed help.

Bud @ 5/28/2016 10:30 AM

kevcopAz is right...don't call them 'civilians' they deserve to be called 'citizens'.

John retired IA PD @ 5/28/2016 3:08 PM

Officers can not always do it alone. Sounds like great judgement was used by the officer and the citizens that assisted. This is what it should be, working together. My thanks to those involved. Wouldn't it be nice if the national news would broadcast this as much as they do when there is a perceived or actual mistake by an officer. But good news doesn't boost their ratings.

db in AZ @ 6/3/2016 10:22 AM

Until the current anti police administration in DC is flushed down the sewer, hopefully in 6 months, current CCW citizens should be recognized as lawful backup. They have been properly vetted and are held to a higher standard of responsibility then the general public.
With that, there should be some kind of I.D. granted to CCW citizens who want to engage with assisting officers so as not to be misidentified as a perp upon approaching a situation.
Living in AZ and given the recent recommendation by Sheriff in Pinal Co for citizens to arm oneself while hiking outdoors, due to "cartel assassins" is a great understanding between police and their citizens by working together. The next 6 months will clearly determine how well American citizens and our Police can work together defending this country from harm...forgien or domestic .

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