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Good Samaritans step in to help female police officer take down suspect

A female police officer in Columbia, South Carolina, goes after a suspect who was resisting arrest. After being knocked down, two good Samaritans stepped in to help the officer make an arrest. (Image source: video screenshot via Blue Lives Matter)

Two good Samaritans stepped up to help a female police officer who refused to back down from a suspect who had just assaulted a woman with a knife at a gas station in South Carolina.

A passerby caught the incident on video with his cellphone and shared it on Facebook, according to Blue Lives Matter.

"I'm live PD today," Nate Bosshog Williams wrote in a post using #LunchBreakChronicles.

What happened?

The suspect, Donald Songster Brown, allegedly punched a woman in the face and threatened to harm her and another person with a knife inside a gas station in Columbia Tuesday afternoon, according to The State. The suspect allegedly wouldn't allow the people inside the station to leave.

According to authorities, Brown, 39, finally left the gas station where the police officer approached him in the parking lot and gave him several verbal commands to surrender.

The officer deployed her taser, but it didn't stop Brown, The State reported.

Brown continued ignoring the officer's commands and tried to walk away.

The officer went after Brown and tried to take him to the ground. Brown fought back and pushed the cop, causing her to fall to the ground.

After the officer got up, she fired OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) spray at the suspect and started pulling him to the ground.

That's when a bystander stepped in and helped the officer take Brown down.

Then another person jumped in to help out the officer. The second bystander hit the suspect and kicked him in the head while he was lying on the ground.

Soon, the cop moved everyone out of the way and restrained Brown.

What are the charges?

Brown faces multiple charges including attempted murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and resisting arrest, The State reported.

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