Tampa, FL - Surveillance video captured two female Tampa police officers being overpowered by a suspect and getting punched in the face, then citizens jumped in to help them (video below.)
The incident happened on April 26th after the suspect, Charles Kee, headbutted a security officer at a transit center. Kee was violating a trespass order at the time which prohibited him from being at the transit center.
Two female officers arrived and confronted Kee, who immediately began to resist arrest. Kee was able to overpower the officers, breaking free, and punching one of the officers in the face. He then grabbed the officer's gun and tried to pull it out, apparently ready to murder the two officers.
"You could see through the window his hand on the gun," Carl Baer, a cab driver told ABC Action News. "The clip ended up coming out of the gun laying on the ground, so he had his hand on it enough to release the clip."
Tim Martin, a HART transit supervisor, saw what was happening and jumped into the fight. More citizens followed and helped the officers take Charles Kee into custody.
After the incident, Martin received a letter from HART stating that he was under investigation and facing discipline for saving the lives of the police officers.
Martin's local union rep. told Action News, "He's concerned for his job he's been put on investigation he doesn't know where this is going to lead and he doesn't know if his employer is going to try and terminate him at this point, so he's obviously quite concerned."
HART explained that they were upset that there was a "communication gap" when Martin became involved in the fight, "There was a stretch of time we did not hear from our transit supervisor so I mean we don't know if his life could've been in danger something could've happened, so we needed to know what had happened around that stretch of time."
After the media started questioning HART for threatening a hero with discipline, they dropped the investigation. Meanwhile, Tampa PD is considering giving him an award.