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

Posted February 23, 2017

Williams-Tillman called 911, but when the man began to assault the officer with his own baton, she jumped out of her auto onto the attacker's back.

Vickie Williams-Tillman was called a hero by the mayor of Baton Rouge for putting herself in danger to help a police officer in need on Sunday.

Police said that 28-year-old Thomas Bennett, who was found asleep inside his vehicle with drug paraphernalia out in the open, became aggressive when confronted by Aime.

Williams-Tillman, 56, began to brake and rolled down her auto window to ask the officer if he needed help. You don't have time to think about it.

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Mrs. Williams-Tillman was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center with minor injuries to her wrist. "The call that she made saying that our officer is out here fighting, that was big".

When the suspect lunged at the officer and grabbed his baton, she knew she had to move. "She reached out and offered a courageous and unconditional response to the officer".

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Williams-Tillman quickly phoned the police to send backup to the embattled officer, then got out of her vehicle and rushed Bennett, leaping on his back.

Tillman was not the only one to see what was happening but she turned out to be the only one to react.

"Vickie Williams-Tillman epitomizes the true Good Samaritan", Weston-Broome said.

Williams-Tillman pulled up to ask if the officer needed help when the argument escalated. "It was just instinct", she says, adding, "God led the way".

Bennett is charged with aggravated battery, disarming a police officer, battery on a police officer, resisting an officer with violence, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She definitely had his back. "But Ms. Tillman went above and beyond".

The officer and Williams-Tillman embraced in a hug after they were both treated at the hospital. "Ms. Williams-Tillman was able to help hold off the assailant until other officers arrived". "For showing so much love and concern for one of our officers BRPD Salutes you".