A deputy nearly lost his life when one young couple attacked him. The officer was losing consciousness and just before he blacked out he saw something that was the difference between life and death.
Erie County Deputy Jason Clark was checking out a suspicious car on Wednesday evening in Grand Island, New York. According to WBFO the attackers were 22-years-old Sammy Abdellatif and his 21-yerar-old girlfriend Brittany Ashley-Graser, Brittany was driving her car while Sammy was threatening and yelling at the deputy. After few passes in their car, Clark approached them to arrest Abdellatif, but because he was uncooperative the deputy was forced to arrest him through the window. And from here things took a deadly turn.
“Upon informing him that he was under arrest for his conduct, the individual rolled the window of the vehicle up on the deputy’s hand,” Sherrif Tim Howard stated. “In extracting his hand, the window of the vehicle was broken. The passenger of the vehicle immediately exited the vehicle and attacked the deputy.”
Abdellatif got out of the car and attacked the officer, Ashley-Graser and their pit bull also joined in the attack. She jumped on his back, allowing Abdellatif to place the officer in a chokehold. As Clark was losing consciousness he saw something that changed everything from there. It was Peter O’Brien, a passing citizen, who saw the attack and decided to help the officer.
O’Brien grabbed Abdellatif and forced him away from the officer before he knocked him out unconscious. However, heroic act encouraged the pit bull to attack, biting him on the hand. Luckily, he only got minor injuries.
“Were it not for the actions of Mr. O’Brien, this very easily could have ended with another dead police officer,” stated Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty.
Because of O’Brien’s heroic act, Abdellatif and Ashley-Graser were arrested. A second officer arrived, Deputy Nick Coniglio, he approached the couple and placed them in handcuffs. Abdellatif was still acting violent, he kicked the officer and was refusing to walk when he was finally placed in the police car.
Thanks to O’Brien’s heroic act, Deputy Clark was taken to Erie County Medical Center so that he could be treated for his serious injuries, according to Blue Lives Matter. Abdellatif was charged with attempted murder and he is in custody at the Erie County Holding Center. Ashley-Graser was charged with felony assault, obstruction an officer, and resisting arrest and she is at the same holding center.
The couple is scheduled for separate trial in Grand Island Town Court.
Recently police officers have become targets for hatred, attack, and even murder just because the anti-police crowd judges them, not by the content of their character but by the color of their skin or, in some cases, their profession.
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