Homeless man helps officer take down suspect
The Columbia Police Department is coming Cray Turmon a hero for tackling the man, helping the officer to arrest him.
A homeless man, South Carolina police praise for jumping into action to help an officer in an arrest this week, on Wednesday, said things were “ugly” so something “had to be done.”
Cray Turmon was captured on video this week, with the approach of a man who struggled with a police officer outside a gas station in Columbia.
“She is a woman slammed on the ground and she is an officer…I saw her stuff on the ground,” Turmon told WACH. “They had done everything they could…It was going to be ugly, you know? Something had to be done.”
Columbia Police said that the suspect who was arrested, Donald Songster Brown, is accused of punching a woman in the gas station and threatened to harm her and the other with a knife. The 39-year-old is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, armed robbery and kidnapping.
“Someone has to stand on. Someone told me that if you don’t stand for something, you fall for everything. So I stood for something of yesterday,” Turmon, who lives in a local shelter for the homeless, told WACH on Wednesday. He said that he hopes that his story can make a difference.
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In a video of the incident, the police is heard telling the man, “on the ground”, as she pulls a taser. The man who does not listen and gets a shock, but continues to struggle with the officer until Turmon steps in.
Turmon is working to get his life back on track after the former DUI arrests caused him to lose his driver’s license, work and home, WLTX reported.
“Someone has to stand on. Someone told me that if you don’t stand for something, you fall for everything. So I stood for something from yesterday.”
– Cray Turmon
Columbia police chief Skip Holbrook honored Turmon on Tuesday with a certificate for his “extraordinary actions to preserve life and the support of the public safety.”
“Often, when you least expect it, a gift of priceless value comes when you need it the most,” the ministry wrote in a Facebook post.