Officer Gets Shot, Then Armed Citizen Comes To Her Rescue
When a group of Good Samaritans realized that Trenton Police Officer Jasmine was under attack, they jumped into action.
Winston, MO – A legally armed citizen helped save a wounded police officer from the inmate who shot her and tried to force her to help him escape on Friday.
The attack occurred just after 3 p.m., as 24-year-old Trenton Police Department (TPD) Officer Jasmine Diab was transporting an inmate from the Trenton jail to the Mosaic Hospital in St. Joseph for a mental evaluation, WDAF reported.
Officer Diab was approximately 30 minutes into the transport when the restrained inmate, 38-year-old Jamey Griffin, managed to gain control of the officer’s duty weapon inside the transport vehicle, according to WDAF.
Officer Diab was shot in the abdomen during the struggle that ensued, and Griffin was shot in the hand.
“The vehicle by that time came to a rolling stop on us 69 Hwy,” Missouri Highway Patrol (MHP) Trooper Jake Angle told WDAF. “There were some citizens at the Pit Stop convenience store in Winston, Missouri, that I suppose sensed something wasn’t right.”
In a now-viral Facebook post, witness Michelle Weller explained that the suspect “was trying to force the wounded officer to drive” the vehicle away from the area.
A group of Good Samaritans also witnessed the attack, and pursued the transport vehicle down the highway for another quarter mile, Weller said.
One of the men was legally carrying a firearm of his own, and was able to corner Griffin at gunpoint, KCTV reported.
“One of these men was armed and was able to defend himself and others without even firing his weapon just by pointing it at the suspect!” Weller wrote. “Because he had his weapon these men were able to grab the suspect pull him out of the car and hold him down on the ground until officers arrived on the scene.”
If the Good Samaritan hadn’t threatened to use deadly force, the situation could have ended very differently, Weller added.
“In this case, they chose to intervene and come to an officer’s aid and subdue the suspect and possibly keeping him from escaping or doing more harm,” Trooper Angle told WDAF. “I am not advocating that people need to feel that they intervene in a situation this level, however, people chose to and in this situation it was critical.”
Alleged burglar found shot to death in Buckhead shopping center ID’d
A man found dead at a Buckhead shopping center was shot after allegedly trying to break into a nearby business, Atlanta police said.
Investigators found the man lying outside a car at the Bennett Street Shopping Center near the intersection of Peachtree Road and Bennett Street around 8:30 a.m. Monday. He was wearing a black hoodie, gray sweatpants and black gloves.
“He appears to have been involved in some form of criminal activity that resulted in him being shot,” Maj. Michael O’Connor said.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office identified him as 29-year-old Mohamed Akel. They do not believe he was from the Atlanta area.
Investigators initially suspected Akel was involved in a series of car break-ins that happened Sunday night, police said. Officers were alerted to look out for a white Challenger or Charger with three people inside, and Akel fit the description, O’Connor said.
Bakery owner shoots at robbers who stole his wallet
MIAMI – Police are investigating a series of early morning robberies in Miami.
Miami police Officer Michael Vega said at least seven people were robbed by a group of men who asked the victims, “What time is it?” before pulling out a gun. The group of men demanded cash and belongings from the victims.
One of the victims was the owner of Ela’s Bakery Cafe in Little Havana.
“Once the victim realized that they had a firearm and that they were robbing him, he complied and he gave them his wallet,” Vega said.
Vega said the owner was armed and fired his gun at the thieves as they were getting away.