Vickie Williams-Tillman, a 56-year-old Louisiana woman, saved the day on Sunday when she stopped a man from beating a police officer with his own baton. She was on her way to Sam’s Club and Walmart when she spotted the Baton Rouge officer and a suspect on the side of the road. The suspect had grabbed the officer’s baton and was repeatedly hitting him on the head with it after also attempting to grab the officer’s gun.
After pulling over, Williams-Tillman jumped on the man’s back, stopping him from further assaulting the officer until backup arrived.
“I could see in his eyes he needed help,” she told The Advocate. “You don’t have time to think about it […] I did what God needed me to do.”
Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Broome called Williams-Tillman a hero, saying, “Vickie Williams-Tillman epitomizes the true Good Samaritan. She reached out and offered a courageous and unconditional response to the officer. Ms. Williams-Tillman is a hero and demonstrates the true meaning of loving God and loving your neighbor.”
“It was something that went through my soul,” Williams-Tillman said, adding that she didn’t hesitate before stopping to help. “You don’t think about the risk.”
The suspect, Thomas Bennett, had been found by the officer asleep in his vehicle with drug paraphernalia and became aggressive when apprehended. 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. The police officer Billy Aime suffered wounds to his head, and Williams-Tillman injured her wrist.
— Taylor Evans (@TaylorEvansWDSU) February 20, 2017