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Utah man, tackles fleeing suspect ‘as NFL hardest hits’ to help police officer

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Utah good Samaritan take the man who threatened cop

The police body cam footage captures a good Samaritan in Utah taking down a man who threatened a police officer, ran.

A Provo police officer got an assist from some good Samaritans after a suspect hit him and tried to get away.

Senior Officer Austin Williams responded to a welfare check Tuesday at Sam’s Club gas station parking lot after Utah authorities were notified of a man asks people for water, KSTU-TV reported.

Williams’ body camera caught the moment that he asked Emiliano Medina, 34, if he was okay. Medina responded to by the shape of a gun with his hand and points it on his own head — before reaching for the officer gun.

Williams ordered Medina to the ground, but the suspect instead is seen in the video throwing several punches before running away.

Except that he didn’t get very far.

Emiliano Medina faces several charges, including assault of a police officer.

A couple of bystanders quickly overrun Medina, and a man grabbed him from behind and slammed him to the ground.

“Thanks, guys,” Williams said he handcuffed Medina.

Williams told KSTU the bystander’s tackle was “as NFL hardest hits kind of thing.”

Medina was taken to the hospital after the incident, and it was determined that he had methamphetamine in his system. He is facing allegations of assault of a peace officer, possession or use of a controlled substance, failure to stop at command of the enforcement of the law and the disarming of the police, KSTU reported.

The disarming of an officer is a crime, but the other charges are violations, according to KSTU.

Provo-police are searching for the man that the address to thank him, KSTU reported.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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