Police department thanking citizens who helped protect Oklahoma officer
STILLWATER, Okla. – Authorities are thanking two citizens who helped protect a Stillwater police officer from an alleged suspect.
On Tuesday, officers were called to the 4300 block of W. 6th St. after receiving calls about a man acting “unusual.”
One caller said the man was yelling at traffic, while another said he appeared to be “high” on drugs.
Officer Shannon Jordan, with the Stillwater Police Department, was the first officer on the scene and found 20-year-old Samuel Viol at the intersection of 6th and Innovation Way.
Authorities say Viol was waving his arms, yelling and acting like he was going to lunge into traffic.
They also say that he was sweating profusely and had designs painted on his face.
As Jordan was parking his motorcycle, officials say Viol attempted to push him off of the bike before running into the median.
After allegedly ignoring commands to stop, Officer Jordan used a taser to try to take Viol into custody.
When the taser didn’t work, a struggle ensued.
Officials say Viol tore the radio microphone from Jordan’s shirt and pulled at his helmet, making it difficult for him to breathe.
Fortunately, two drivers stopped to help and were able to control Viol until he could be handcuffed.
Viol was charged with assault and battery on a police officer and public intoxication.
“The department wishes to express its thanks to the two citizens who stopped to assist in this incident. Their willingness to act prevented a bad situation from becoming far worse. We are sincerely grateful!” a news release from the Stillwater Police Department read.