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VIDEO: Cop Asks Hecklers For Help Cuffing Suspect Resisting Arrest, So They Help

Houston, TX – A knife-wielding suspect was disarmed and safely taken into custody after officers asked people who were heckling them to help them arrest the man (video below).

The incident occurred at a convenience store on Fuqua Street on July 6, KHOU reported.

Ulerick Fields said he stopped by the store to grab a pack of gum when he saw people running out of the business, so he picked up his phone and began recording.

Cell phone footage showed witnesses rushing out of the building as Houston police approached the front doors to assist the officer struggling with the suspect inside.

One witness told Fields that the suspect seemed to be “on drugs” and that he nearly stole $450 from her.

“He had a knife – a butcher knife,” she added.

“They’re gonna shoot him, man,” Fields responded. “Ya’ll ain’t gotta shoot him. He’s just got a knife.”

The video showed the suspect as officers struggled with him inside the business.

A moment later, an officer tased him and the combative man fell face-down onto the ground halfway out the front door.

One officer kneeled in the middle of the suspect’s back as the they fought to take him into custody.

“Don’t get on his neck now,” Fields warned the officer.

“I’m on his back,” the officer responded. “I’m right here, alright?”

The officer then asked Fields and other bystanders to help him, the video showed.

Fields told KTRK that he initially though the officer was being sarcastic, but that he quickly realized that wasn’t the case.

“You need some help?” he asked, moving closer to the scuffle.

“Yeah!” one of the officers yelled. “The sooner we cuff him, the sooner we can get him up.”

Video footage showed the suspect tucking his hands beneath his body, resisting arrest.

“I thought [the officer] was trying to bait me into a situation to get me in trouble,” Fields later told KTRK. “But, when he came back and asked again, I knew he needed help. So right then and there, my heart went out to the both of them.”

Fields and other bystanders repeatedly told the suspect to “chill out” and stop resisting.

One witness dropped to the ground near the suspect’s head and looked him in the eye, the video showed.

“Give them your arm, man. Please, bro,” he pleaded.

Another bystander then reached in and pulled the suspect’s arm out from beneath him.

“I just don’t want you to get hurt,” a witness said as the officers and bystanders worked together to place him in handcuffs.

“I appreciate y’all letting us help y’all like that,” Fields told the officers a moment later.

“Thanks guys – thanks,” the officer said with a tone of relief. “I appreciate it!”

Fields later told KTRK that he intervened because “the suspect needed a chance to have a second chance. Not to get hurt, not to get killed, not to get brutally beat up.”

Fields noted that he used to be a “career criminal,” but that he found God and turned his life around, KTRK reported.

He said he is thankful that the officer asked for help when he needed it, KHOU reported.

“That’s a good guy,” Fields said. “He’s a good officer.”

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo praised the community members and the officers for working together to resolve the situation as peacefully as possible, KTRK reported.

“To me, that should be a training video for society and for the police officers to illustrate how we should work together,” Chief Acevedo declared.

Police said the unnamed suspect was transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, and that no charges were filed against him for his crimes, KHOU reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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