Early one sunday morning in Baton Rouge, Vickie Williams-Tillman was driving on errands, listening to gospel music, when she noticed a police officer struggling with a man on the roadside. She stopped and asked the officer if he needed help, but when she saw the look in his eyes, she knew he did.
The officer was struggling with a suspect who had hit him repeatedly on the head with his own baton, and who was attempting to grab the officer’s gun. That was when Williams-Tillman got out of her car, ran over, grabbed the suspect’s hand on the gun, twisted his arm behind him and jumped on his back.
Soon after, backup arrived and arrested the suspect. Wiliams-Tillman and the officer were treated for minor injuries.
Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said things might have gone a different way without Williams-Tillman’s help. “She made a big difference,” McKneely said.
Before Williams-Tillman, a lot of drivers had passed by without stopping to help. “A lot of people passed him up,” Williams-Tillman said, but that’s not fair to police officers. “They’re human beings, just like us … We’re all one family.” Williams-Tillman didn’t hesitate to help. “It was something that went through my soul,” she said. “You don’t think about the risk.”
“You don’t have time to think about it … I did what God needed me to do.” She said.