Batavia, NY – A courageous military veteran never faltered when he rushed in to help save a police officer who was struggling with a combative suspect earlier this month.
The incident began at approximately 11:22 p.m. on June 4, after the Batavia Police Department (BPD) received a report that a man was trespassing at a residence on Ellicott Street, the department said in a press release.
The suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Brandon Fogg, left the complainant’s home prior to officers’ arrival.
At approximately 12:29 a.m. the next day, Batavia Police Officer Darryle Streeter stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation, and spotted Fogg sitting in the passenger seat of the car.
Fogg then attempted to flee from the stop on foot.
“At that point in time, I took him physically down to the ground and an altercation occurred between the two of us,” Officer Streeter told WHAM.
During the struggle that ensued, Fogg managed to pull out a weapon.
“I see a handgun pulled out from under his belly and being pointed basically at my head," the officer explained.
Just as Officer Streeter began to fear the worst, a Good Samaritan rushed to his aid.
“I see a foot come down on [the suspect’s] wrist,” the officer recalled. “I see a hand reach down and remove the hand gun from there.”
Military veteran Ralph Bush, who works across the street from where the incident occurred, said he was just getting ready to head home when he saw the officer in trouble.
“I noticed a pistol came into play," the Good Samaritan recalled. "I wasn't about to let him get shot."
After he stripped the suspect’s gun away and helped Officer Streeter place him under arrest, the duo realized Fogg’s weapon was a BB gun.
Fogg was arrested on charges of trespass, obstructing governmental administration, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing, according to the BPD press release.
Officer Streeter, a married father of two with 29 years on the force, said he was thankful Bush stepped in to help him, WHAM reported.
He said the veteran’s willingness to rush to his aid in spite of the dangerousness of the situation caused him to feel “a flood of emotions” once the suspect was finally in custody.
The encounter also forged a friendship between Bush and the officer.
“He is six months away from retiring and I think we’re going to go fishing," Bush told WHAM.
“Oh absolutely,” Officer Streeter agreed. “We’ll be friends for the rest of our lives now."
The City of Batavia has announced that Bush will receive a Citizenship Award for his heroic action.