Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome called the woman a hero whose actions perfectly demonstrated Jesus" commands in Mark 12:30-21 - "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'The second is this: "Love your neighbor as yourself.'There is no commandment greater than these".
The incident occurred just before 8 a.m. on Sunday as Officer Aime, 44, found the 28-year-old suspect, Thomas Bennett, asleep in his auto and allegedly noticed drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.
Bennett was cited for possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
When the officer approached Bennett's auto to make an arrest, Bennett is alleged to have become violent.
Tillman was not the only one to see what was happening but she turned out to be the only one to react. '[Maybe an] angel, whatever it was...
Williams-Tillman told the Advocate that she was driving to Sam's Club on Sunday morning when she witnessed the disturbance.
The police officer suffered a few wounds to his head.
The woman, the officer, and the suspect were all transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
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She doesn't remember exactly what happened in the frenzy that ensued, except that the suspect, who only had one wrist handcuffed, was allegedly trying to take the gun out of Aime's holster.
After the attack, Williams-Tillman said she and Aime hugged each other. "She was motivated by her concern for someone in distress - in this case, a police officer who serves our community".
Only one stopped to help him - a petite grandmother who jumped out of her auto and onto the man's back, possibly saving the officer's life in the process.
Baton Rouge police said they are "forever grateful" to Williams-Tillman. She also was able to get the man's hand off the cop's handgun, Dabadie said.
'Without her stopping, I can't tell you what the outcome would have been'. "You don't have time to think about it ..." He needed help. I said 'I can't leave him'. "You don't think about the risk".
Williams-Tillman quickly phoned the police to send backup to the embattled officer, then got out of her auto and rushed Bennett, leaping on his back.
'She reached out and offered a courageous and unconditional response to the officer.
The BRPD hailed Williams-Tillman on its Facebook page, posting a message of thanks that generated over 7,000 likes and 2,100 shares. Seeing incriminating drug-related content inside the vehicle, the officer awoke the slumbering culprit. The 28-year-old man, grabbed the officer's baton and used it to repeatedly hit the officer in the head'. "But Ms. Tillman went above and beyond".
According to WAFB, backup eventually arrived and were forced to deploy a taser to get the suspect under control.