Police officers don’t have an easy job and it’s a reality that many people think don’t think about. Their job is stressful and demanding as they make sure communities stay safe and sound.
We have witnessed many times before how some of these people are true angels in disguise who have hearts of gold under their fierce looks and muscular bodies. One would say that it is part of their job to protect and serve people, but many times, they go the extra mile.
The incident started when Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson said 52-year-old Sgt. Randy Harkness gave a courtesy ride to 30-year-old Justin Alan Foster and tried to give him some money when Foster began striking him and trying to grab his gun.
Sgt. Harkness spotted a homeless man begging for money at the corner of the street. He felt sorry and decided to give the man a ride to the nearest gas station in order to give him some money.
However, once the homeless man entered the police vehicle, he started attacking Harkness. He started hitting him and scratching his face. As Harkness didn’t expect his good deed to be answered back by such behavior, he was left in complete shock. The man injured the sergeant’s face and wasn’t about to stop being extremely violent.
Luckily, a bystander noticed the attack and decided to act. She was legally carrying a firearm and rushed toward the sergeant. She then fired a shot and that’s when the homeless man started running. The woman then fired another shot which hit the suspect.
Sgt. Harkness was glad that a member of his community stepped in for him and wasn’t afraid to risk her life in order to help him.
The Dawson County Sheriff hailed the woman a hero.
“If you watch the video, I truthfully believe that she’s a hero, I believe that she saved this officer’s life,” he said. “I don’t know how far the suspect would have went with the assault. But once she intervened, she stopped the assault.”
Other bystanders restrained the homeless assailant until backup arrived and he could be arrested.
Both Sgt. Harkness and the suspect were transported to the hospital.
Foster, 30, remains in the hospital, but faces 14 charges including aggravated assault with intent to murder, attempted removal of a weapon from a public official, and obstruction.
Watch the video report below: