Dashcam footage showed how a Michigan State Police trooper was attacked while he was attempting to arrest a man for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.
The Detroit Free Press reported that Trooper Garry Guild was pursuing 21-year-old Michael Barber on U.S.-31 in Berrien County, when Barber crashed the cycle. As Guild approached Barber to arrest him, Barber charged and started to fight.
Motorist Keith Pepple saw the scene and stopped to help. Before he could get out of his vehicle, another driver got out of his car and began to attack the trooper. According to the Free Press, that man — later identified as Barber’s brother, 19-year-old Travis Wise — was telling Barber to flee the scene.
But Barber stayed and the two brothers continued to attack and beat Guild. The trooper told the Free Press that he thought he might become another law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.
Pepple wasted no time getting to the scene to help Guild, as motorists have done across the country.
“I guess everything happened so fast, you don’t really have time to think about it,” Pepple told the Free Press. “I just saw that he needed help. And I decided to help.”
Pepple, 50, said when he got to the scene, he threw Barber off the trooper,
“Everybody went to the ground. I had Barber in a headlock. I looked back and Wise was still choking the officer. I grabbed Wise and put him in a headlock,” he said.
A second motorist, Jerry Burnham, 44, came upon the scene, and together, they were able to help Guild break free and arrest the two younger men.
Take a look at the incident below:
Guild sustained a neck injury and a swollen jaw but was back to work the next day, according to the Free Press.
WXMI reported that Barber was charged with several offenses including assault by strangulation, and third-degree fleeing and eluding. Wise’s charges included assault by strangulation, obstruction of justice and attempting to disarm a police officer.
What an amazing rescue. These two good Samaritans saved the day when they decided to help out a police officer who was in trouble.
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