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Homeless Man Sprints Across Parking Lot And Tackles Suspect After Seeing Him Knock Cop To Ground

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Cray Turmon, a homeless resident of Columbia, Georgia, was in the right place at the right time to assist a police officer.

On December 19, 2017, an officer with the Columbia Police Department was trying to apprehend a man in front of a gas station after he’d reportedly punched the clerk in the face and threatened her.

The cop used pepper spray and tased the man, but he wasn’t giving up.

That’s when Cray spotted what was going on. After seeing the man knock the cop to the ground, he made the quick decision that he would step in and help.

“I just went a total blank,” he told WLTX Columbia. “I saw an opportunity to help this lady, and I didn’t think about what could happen to me.”

Cray started sprinting toward the pair in the gas station parking lot and lunged at the suspect, tackling him to the ground. His heroic actions helped the police officer arrest the man. “I wouldn’t normally do something like that, but my instinct said: just go,” Cray added.

His brave actions didn’t go unnoticed. The police department honored the man and gave him a certificate for his “extraordinary actions to preserve life and aid public safety.” The cop who he helped also told him it was a good tackle!

“I really appreciate all of the officers,” Cray said.

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Footage and photos provided by WLTX Columbia

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