When a suspect escaped the grasp of a Provo police officer attempting to arrest him during a welfare check gone wrong, a bystander stepped up to take the fleeing perp down, KSTU-TV reported.
Officer Austin Williams was chasing suspect Emiliano Medina after the man threw punches and reportedly tried to grab the officer's gun, when a bystander ended things abruptly with a hit the officer described as "like NFL hardest hits type of stuff."
Williams arrived at a Sam's Club gas station Tuesday after receiving reports of a man asking people for water. It was supposed to be a simple welfare check.
Williams approached Medina in a non-threatening way, simply asking if he was alright. Medina appeared hostile from the beginning, responding by pointing his hand like a gun to his own head and then lunging at the officer's gun.
Medina and Williams engage in a brief struggle as Williams orders him to get on the ground and Medina throws some punches and makes a run for it.
Medina ran by the wrong group of guys, however. Instead of standing by as the chase went by them, several witnesses surrounded Medina with one of them lifting the suspect up and body slamming him hard on the ground.
Williams described the scene in the police report:
"One male stopped [Medina], and the other male grabbed Medina from behind in a bear hug and slammed him to the ground," Williams wrote. "I then kneeled over [Medina] and placed him in cuffs and waited for other officers to arrive to assist me."
What happened to the suspect?
Medina was reportedly taken to the hospital after showing signs of being delirious, and he tested positive for meth.
He was charged with a felony count of disarming a police officer and misdemeanor counts of interference with an arresting officer, failure to stop at the command of law enforcement, assault on a peace officer in uniform, and possession or use of a controlled substance.
(H/T Fox News)