Officer Andrew Napolitano was preparing to report on duty for the Beebe, Arkansas, police department and exited his home with his two children on the morning of July 18, police said.
But Napolitano noticed a man later identified as 22-year-old Cody Ramsey sitting in a parked pickup truck beside his police vehicle, police reported — in fact the truck's driver-side door was positioned by the driver-side door of Napolitano's police vehicle.
Police on Wednesday confirmed to TheBlaze that Napolitano was in uniform and that his children had entered his police vehicle.
What happened next?
Napolitano asked Ramsey if he was waiting for somebody, and Ramsey replied that he wasn't, police said. With that Napolitano told Ramsey he was on private property and asked him to leave, police added.
Ramsey then leaned forward in his seat, pulled out a handgun, and pointed it at Napolitano’s face, police said.
Napolitano pulled his duty weapon and ordered Ramsey to drop the gun, police said, and Ramsey dropped the gun. Napolitano then ordered Ramsey out of the vehicle, police noted.
But after Ramsey exited the vehicle, he attacked Napolitano by hitting him in the face numerous times, police said.
How did the attack end?
A citizen witnessed the incident, rushed over to assist the officer, and suffered minor injuries in the process, police said. Ramsey continued to resist arrest, police added, but was eventually taken into custody after backup officers arrived on scene.
Ramsey — who later admitted to planning the attack — was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, one count of second-degree battery on a law enforcement officer, and one count of carrying a weapon, police said. His bond was set at $15,000, KTHV-TV reported.
(H/T: Blue Lives Matter)