Military Veteran Saves Officer In Fight With Felon Over Gun

U.S. Navy veteran George Parsons rushed to the aid of Elizabeth City Police Officer Andre Dimichele in October.

Elizabeth City, NC – A U.S. Navy veteran helped save the life of a North Carolina police officer after he spotted a man trying to take the officer’s duty weapon as they brawled in a nearby field.

The incident began just before 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, after police received a report of a disturbance in the 3000-block of Patrick Way, WTKR reported.

When officers arrived in the area, they spotted a vehicle that had been reported as stolen earlier in the day.

A short while later, a witness called to update police that someone was hiding in a dumpster, and that he had since relocated to a port-a-john, WBBT reported.

As the officers closed in on the port-a-john, a man suddenly shoved the door open and took off running into a nearby field.

Elizabeth City Police Officer Andre Dimichele chased him on foot into the field, but the suspect, later identified as 36-year-old Jonathan Foskey, wasn’t about to surrender, WAVY reported.

“When he turned around in the cornfield, I went right up to him and put hands on him and told him ‘you’re under arrest,’” Officer Dimichele told the news outlet. “He decided then he didn’t want to be arrested.”

As Officer Dimichele tussled with Foskey, the suspect threatened to kill him and attempted to gain control of his holstered duty weapon, he said.

“I was fighting with him to keep my gun in the holster,” the officer recalled. “He was trying to take it out. The feeling in that moment was ‘I am completely alone.’”

What Officer Dimichele didn’t realize was that that a neighbor, 12-year U.S. Navy veteran George Parsons, was witnessing the attack from his home nearby.

“When I came around the corner of my house, I saw the guy holding, like, trying to pull the officer’s gun out of his holster,” Parsons told WAVY. “So, I just made the decision that I had to act or something really bad could’ve happened to the police officer or the assailant.”

The good Samaritan took off running through the field, then slammed into Foskey and tackled him to the ground.

He kept the combative suspect pinned in the dirt while Officer Dimichele handcuffed him.

Foskey was subsequently charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, larceny of a motor vehicle, felony assault by spitting, three counts of communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault on a government official, delaying and obstruction of a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest, WWBT reported.

His bond was set at $500,000.

Officer Dimichele said he is grateful to Parsons for intervening in the terrifying situation, and credits him with potentially having saved his life.

“I have a child that was born four-and-a-half months ago — a little girl – and it’s amazing to know she’s going to grow up with a father because of Mr. Parsons,” Officer Dimichele told WAVY.

Parsons said that helping people is what the Navy has trained him to do, and that he would rush to the aid of a struggling officer again without hesitation.

“I guess I got a few football coaches to thank back in Dallas,” he said of the tackle that brought Foskey to the ground.

Parson was recently awarded the Elizabeth City Mayoral Certificate of Appreciation for his selfless actions that day, WAVY reported.

“I just saw the need to act, and that’s what I did,” he said.

Comments (41)
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SnowflakeCrusher
SnowflakeCrusher

Mr. Parson, you are a hero and Americans thank you! I know many of us would do the same if the opportunity presented itself. We need to protect the people who protect our families daily. 🇺🇸👮‍♀️💖

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Priors for Foskey

See replies - long list, don't want to clutter this page

MeatSpear
MeatSpear

Outstanding Sir !

Ferret guy
Ferret guy

Awesome job !!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Notice how this hero didn't bother to start to film the encounter before saving the officer's life! Not too long ago a group of people (use that word loosely) filmed a police officer who was shot while in his patrol car. Instead of helping him, they couldn't wait to download what they recorded for "likes".

007karley
007karley

George Parsons, THANK YOU!

Gramercy
Gramercy

Thankful to bystanders that are there to help our officers need! Now THAT is what community is all about!

gfc1963
gfc1963

Well done that man.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Thank you, Sir, for your service to the country, and also for "saving one of our own!"

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Mr. Parsons, thank you for your service to our country and thank you for assisting Officer Dimichele in returning safely to his family!! Sir you are a true hero!!! 🇺🇸

Sgt BB
Sgt BB

God bless you, Mr. Parsons. And thank you.

Old Sniper
Old Sniper

Good thing it was NC. If this was in some Libtard state, the DA would be charging Parsons...

Wish505
Wish505

Salute..

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Awesome!

jerry 8842
jerry 8842

Thank you Mr. Parsons for your great work, timely presents and action. Your experiences have saved the life of a Police Officer. Retired LEO. N.Y. State.

SWAT
SWAT

This is what it is all about people helping people. Great job sir thank you

rhj10077
rhj10077

Good men both of them. See blue lives do matter. or he would not went to help. Thank You

Mikeyblabbitt
Mikeyblabbitt

THANK YOU . The only thing between us and pure evil are our protectors . Your selfless deed helped us keep one here to protect again.

HH3
HH3

As a former active duty Marine, "Well done!!!!!" Now if this was the case in every jurisdiction in the country!!

Thank You for your service twice to your country.

Aramovich
Aramovich

Many thanks Mr. Parson! Well done, sir.

RPG156
RPG156

Heroes do hero shit... always.

WillyKJr
WillyKJr

Raising one HIGH for Mr. Parson!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Having trained with law enforcement and having law enforcement in my family, I WILL always come to the aid of an officer in trouble. They protect me, so I should do no less for them.