Sacramento, CA - A man on a light-rail train on his way home instantly became a hero when he ran to help Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Alex Ladwig, after watching him get shot in the face on Tuesday, June 27, according to WTHR. He could have chosen to hide, run, or just do nothing, but he didn't.
The incident occurred about 6 PM Tuesday evening at the Regional Transit station located at Watt Avenue and Interstate 80. The man, Herb Hollaway, age 38, was sitting inside the train when he witnessed the incident.
He talked with reporter Tom Miller of KRCA3 and said, "I know the sound of gunfire. So when I heard the first pop, my ears perked up like, 'Wait a minute, that sounds familiar'. About two seconds later, the second pop. That's when I started looking out the window. I saw the officer holding his face and I started yelling at the train guard, 'Open these doors!"
In the interview with Tom Miller, Holloway said that once the train doors opened that he ran to the deputy, "steadied him," and used his own shirt to help hold pressure on the deputy's face. Deputy Ladwig was transported to a local hospital, where he is recovering, and expected to survive.
Holloway said that he "...didn't see no color. All I saw was blue, and my father is a retired cop, so it was one of those. I just thought of my father and ran out to help. I could tell he was kind of scared because, of course, people were rushing up on him, let him know, it’s like, 'Look, we’re here to help. We’re just trying to help you out, Calm down.'"
He said that he was afraid the deputy was going to die but wouldn't take credit for saving his life. He said, "I feel like I helped. During it, I was just doing what I felt would be natural, normal, you know -- helping someone. I wasn’t looking at it like anything but trying to lend a hand. I wasn’t sure if anyone else was going to."
The suspect, Nicory Marquis Spann, had been in a fight with Deputy Ladwig, according to Fox News. During the fight, he was somehow able to get Deputy Ladwig's gun, and shot him in the face.
Spann fled to a nearby Red Roof Inn, where he was in a standoff with police until a robot located him about 9:15 Tuesday. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder on a peace officer, and is in the Sacramento County Main Jail under no bond.