Woman helps officer being attacked by jumping on suspect's back

Posted February 23, 2017

Police said the assailant become aggressive when the officer tried to handcuff him and Williams-Tillman jumped on the man's back to allow the officer to subdue the assailant.

The officer allegedly noticed drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. The officer was reportedly trying to put a suspect under arrest after finding drugs in his vehicle. Williams-Tillman injured her wrist. '[Maybe an] angel, whatever it was... The woman rolled down her window and was just about to ask if the policeman needed help.

The police officer suffered a few wounds to his head.

He also took the officer's flashlight and radio, according to the arrest report.

The Good Samaritan said she spoke with the officer and gave him a hug after they were both treated.

She quickly sprang into action. She called police and then chose to step in to try and help the injured officer.

Bennett, of Albany, grabbed the officer's baton and hit him repeatedly on the head, a police spokesman said.

When the suspect lunged at the officer and grabbed his baton, she knew she had to move.

"I've always been a tough cookie, my husband always told me".

Williams-Tillman told the Advocate she was listening to gospel music in her vehicle as she made her way to Sam's Club and Walmart Sunday morning.

'You don't have time to think about it ... "It was just instinct", she says, adding, "God led the way". 'You don't think about the risk'. He was ultimately arrested on charges of aggravated battery, disarming a police officer, battery on a police officer, resisting an officer with violence, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Monday afternoon, Mayor-president Sharon Weston Broome held a special press conference to honor Williams-Tillman for her fearless actions. "But then her taking that second step was even bigger and she gave that officer a second chance".

The BRPD hailed Williams-Tillman on its Facebook page, posting a message of thanks that generated over 7,000 likes and 2,100 shares.