VIDEO: Suspect Attacks Deputy, Grabs His Gun, Then 3 Citizens Jump Into Fight

Three good Samaritans helped a Los Angeles sheriff's deputy subdue a struggling suspect at the Circle K on Sunday.

Los Angeles, CA – Three good Samaritans rushed to help a Los Angeles County deputy who was on the ground fighting with a suspect in front of the Circle K on Sunday afternoon (video below).

The incident occurred at about 3:10 p.m. on Aug. 25 in the parking lot in the 15000-block of Leffingwell Road in South Whittier, KTLA reported.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Ortiz said the deputy was responding to a report of a suspicious person in front of the Circle K.

When the deputy arrived on the scene, the suspect immediately started arguing with him so the deputy called for backup, KTLA reported.

But before backup arrived, the argument escalated into a fight after the homeless suspect took a swing at the deputy.

"At some point, the suspect took a fighting stance and swung at the deputy, and a fight ensued," Deputy Ortiz said. "While on the ground, the suspect reached for the deputy's handgun."

Surveillance video of the parking lot showed the 23-year-old deputy struggling with the suspect up against a black Jeep Wrangler, and then the two going to the ground.

Seconds later, as the deputy was in a fight for his life, three different individuals came from three different directions to jump into the fray and assist the deputy, the video showed.

The first man to help had been watching the fight from the other side of the Jeep.

Brian Whitney, 26, was at work at the Circle K when the fight broke out in front of the store and he went outside to help the deputy.

“I heard the officer yelling, ‘Get your hand off my gun,'” Whitney told KCBS. “So then I went in and I ripped the dude’s hands off the officer’s gun.”

Once the suspect was under control, he ran back inside the store and called 911 while the other two good Samaritans continued to assist the deputy, KCBS reported.

In the video, the third good Samaritan can be seen sliding a gun magazine away from the fray where it had dropped on the pavement.

The citizens helped the deputy to keep the suspect under control until backup arrived a couple minutes later, KCBS reported.

“He was having a hard time with that guy, and without the help of the good Samaritans, I’m concerned about that,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Captain Jim Tatreau said. “We’ve had some very good citizens here in La Mirada, Whittier and Norwalk. And it just reinforces your belief in being all together.”

Captain Tatreau took to social media to express his gratitude.

The deputy was a rookie just days away from completing his training with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, according to KTLA.

The sheriff’s department said the deputy was not injured in the brawl but that he would be taking a few days off.

The homeless man who tried to take the deputy’s gun was arrested and charged with assault, KCBS reported.

Watch three good Samaritans jump in to help the deputy in the video below:

Comments (82)
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vwiles34
vwiles34

Great job of being Good Citizens helping out the good guys. The way it should be.

Buffrat
Buffrat

As the assault, disrespect, and denigration on LEO's continues to grow, the good people of this nation like those depicted in this clip, will have their backs.

flybynight
flybynight

So there our 3 good people in LA? Who knew?

Mirwin8069
Mirwin8069

Restores my faith in humanity, God bless you 3, willing to help when needed

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

LAPD has been on pretty good behavior for a few years. They've also done a great job in psychological screenings and diversity hiring (which is great, because people are much more likely to help a familiar officer, as seen here). That's how you get people on your side.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Two incidences of citizens taking down black criminals! Both in liberal urban settings. Now all they need to do is vote conservative, if they really want a solution to their problems.

toughguy
toughguy

Or as Elizabeth Warren would report it: Three men help police officer attempt to murder innocent choir boy.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

I went through the Academy too, (Training) My question is, how the hell did a TRAINEE get to make calls by himself and be armed??? You don't get your gun until you graduate as well as your badge. What kind of a Crappy Training program do they have there,,,and, when you Graduate from the academy, you ride with seasoned Officer for at least 6 months. Man, California has some screwy rules.

sbuckner021
sbuckner021

i'm surprised that i didn't see somewhere in the article:

"and then a hostile crowd of 20-30 gathered - led by the individual who placed the original 911 call, to film and harass the officer and good Samaritans, for the treatment of the suspect, of whom they ALL witnessed simply buying a bag of chips."

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Kudos to the three citizens! God Speed!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Awesome help by the Good Samaritans. Thank you for helping and stepping in when it’s right. May god bless you. Hopefully it reminds people and sets an example of the right thing to do. I’ll buy those guys a beer anyday.

hoss377
hoss377

Great job by the citizens,at least they didn't do like some, and just stand there cell phones in hand.

Saints
Saints

Good hard working people are getting sick and tired of criminals and are willing to help the only entity between good and bad.... thank you officers and great samaritans......

sheepdog121
sheepdog121

Good job, regardless of their skin color

sergeant25
sergeant25

From a professional standpoint he was winning however you cannot maintain a 2 /3 min all out fight! He made the mistake of when he took him down not violently turning his lights out “BAM” head slam! Fight over! Thanks for the good citizen “men” who stepped in! God Bless you! He seen what u done & will bless you!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

We need to see much more willingness to help like this when officers need assistance.

LynnSB
LynnSB

WAY TO GO PEOPLE !!!!! About damn time people start stepping up ~~ God Bless

Da$
Da$

As a veteran 40 yr officer, THANK YOU good citizens for aiding this officer. You most likely saved the life of the officer, the suspect, or both. In today's world, you are refreshing! 👍👍👍

Gumbo_TOAO
Gumbo_TOAO

I believe most people are good. The media portrays the worst for viewership or sensationalism.

RPG156
RPG156

The country needs more of this...

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Would love to see Highest Common Douchebag have to wrestle with a combative subject fighting for his life over a gun.... he has so many gems of arm chair general wisdom to share....

@Hi_estComnDenomn

Achmsons
Achmsons

Good job men.

Wish505
Wish505

Thanks to all three for taking the extra step.

pcarlmullan
pcarlmullan

Generous help from civilians, and excellent work by the deputy. I'm so happy to see this story in the news.

Patriot1midwestern
Patriot1midwestern

We got your 6!

61mouse
61mouse

Why is a trainee on his own ??