Three Citizens Helps a LACSD Deputy Take Down a Homeless Man in Whittier


A vagrant in Whittier tried to grab a cop's gun this week.

Thankfully, three good Samaritans were in the parking lot and rushed to help the Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy.

The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Sunday when the 23-year-old deputy responded to a disturbance call about a homeless man at a Circle K in Whittier.

Three good Samaritans rushed to help a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy after a homeless man attempted to take his service weapon.

Security camera footage showed the deputy, struggling with the vagrant and losing his balance. They eventually both fell to the ground and that's when the good Samaritans responded to the incident.

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

Thank goodness they offered their help. Who knows what would've happened if they didn't.

“He was having a hard time with that guy, and without the help of the good Samaritans, I’m concerned about that,” Capt. Jim Tatreau, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, 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.”


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