Three Good Samaritans came to the aid of a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department who was in a potentially deadly struggle with a suspect who was reportedly attempting to take the deputy's gun.

According to KTLA-TV, on Monday Deputy Eric Ortiz had responded to reports of a suspicious person in a convenience store parking lot in South Whittier, CA, when the suspect attacked him.

During the struggle, the assailant attempted to grab the deputy's gun, and as the he shouted for the man to take his hand off his weapon, three nearby men came to his aid.

The department's Norwalk Station said on Twitter, "To the 3 brave citizens who helped a #NorwalkStation deputy who was fighting for his life. Susp tried to take dep's #gun from holster & citizen helped dep to retain it, magazine ejected."

 

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