Shocking surveillance footage reveals the moment a good Samaritan in New York City boldly tackled a gun-wielding man on the run from cops.
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As 39-year-old suspect Jason Fleming allegedly fled police, a bold witness is seen on the footage stopping him and allowing cops to catch up to the accused, according to the New York Post.
The unnamed hero at the center of the March 16 escapade was praised in a press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
According to the statement, the alleged incident unfolded after Fleming “brandished a loaded semiautomatic Hi-Point Carbine rifle and a loaded Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver in broad daylight after a dispute in a bodega in Chelsea.”
The release specifically heralded the heroic actions of the unnamed good Samaritan — an especially brave move in light of the weapons purportedly found on the accused.
“Fleming was arrested after a civilian, seeing Fleming running down the street with a revolver in his hand as police were chasing him, stood in Fleming’s way and pushed him into a nearby fence and then held onto him until police officers, who were still in pursuit, placed Fleming under arrest,” it reads.
No one was seriously injured during the incident, though people were purportedly terrified after seeing these events unfold; a small child was among those emotionally impacted.
That child was reportedly inside the bodega when the assailant allegedly blocked a doorway and flashed a handgun. A witness called 911 to alert the police and the child escaped the scene.
Worker Zakir Indawala, a worker at the bodega, said he tried to calm the suspect down.
“He started crying and then he walked out peacefully and then he had a rifle, I saw him,” Indawala told WABC-TV. “I saw the rifle; it was a big one.”
Fleming was charged with possession of firearms after a felony conviction.
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