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Baton Rouge PD thanks woman for helping police officer

23 February 2017

But when police say the suspect took the officer's baton and began to repeatedly hit the officer in the head with it, Williams-Tillman couldn't just sit back and wait.

Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, was in her auto early Sunday morning when she saw a man violently beating an officer during a traffic stop, according to Baton Rouge police.

The suspect, Thomas Bennett, had been found by the officer asleep in his vehicle with drug paraphernalia and became aggressive when apprehended.

"You don't have time to think about it.I did what God needed me to do".

"I can't think of ... very many people on one hand that would have not just rode by, or maybe made a phone call to 911", Dabadie said.

Bennett was arrested on multiple charges, including aggravated battery, resisting arrest, disarming an officer and drug possession, WBRZ reported.

Mrs. Williams-Tillman was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center with minor injuries to her wrist.

Along her way, she noticed an officer on the side of the road, arguing with an angry-looking man.

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When the officer didn't respond, Williams-Tillman "locked eyes" with him and realized that he could not speak. He said Williams-Tillman helped Aime regain control of the situation.

Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, was being hailed as a hero, The Advocate reported.

Williams-Tillman told the Advocate that she was driving to Sam's Club on Sunday morning when she witnessed the disturbance.

The officer and Williams-Tillman embraced in a hug after they were both treated at the hospital.

After embracing the diminutive and teary-eyed Williams-Tillman at the press conference, Aime also grew emotional, his voice cracking as he thanked her, saying, "This is a true hero right here that saved my life".

Instead, she jumped out of her vehicle and onto the suspect's back. Several minutes later, additional officers arrived and were able to Taser the suspect. "For showing so much love and concern for one of our officers BRPDSalutes you!"

Baton Rouge PD thanks woman for helping police officer