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Video: Civilians Come to Aid of Arizona Officer in Struggle with Suspect

March 26, 2018  | 

VIDEO: Civilians Come to Aid of Arizona Officer in Struggle with Suspect

Justin Erickson and another didn't think twice about jumping into action to help a Chandler, AZ, police officer arrest 32-year-old Mathew Martinez, who was wanted for drugs and shoplifting.

"It was super clear that he was resisting arrest,"  Erickson told AZ Family. "He wasn't going to go down without a struggle."

According to Erickson, Martinez and the officer were rolling around on the ground.

"I stood over his leg and lowered myself down a little to make sure he didn't get his foot up and kick the officer," said Erickson. "We then tried to grab his arm out from behind his back. Once we got his arms out, I asked (the officer) 'do you need me to hold his arms down so you can get your cuffs?'"

Chandler Police Det. Seth Tyler said they're grateful for what the good Samaritans did, especially how they spoke to the officer first, before jumping in the fight.

Chandler, AZ, officers take a man into custody after he reportedly attacked an officer. Two civilians came to the aid of the officer.
Chandler, AZ, officers take a man into custody after he reportedly attacked an officer. Two civilians came to the aid of the officer.


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Trigger @ 3/26/2018 6:55 PM

A citizen hero, thank you!!

kevcopaz @ 3/27/2018 7:16 AM

Wow great job, what a concept a citizen HELPING the police who by definition is helping the public by protecting them and enforcing the laws the public passed thru law makers. BUT, this citizen will probably be sued by the ACLU and the BLM for violating the "rights" of the suspect. All joking aside, thanks for stepping in, refreshing to get support!

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