A Florida transit worker became a hero last week when he intervened to assist two female police officers who were allegedly attacked by a suspect attempting to steal a weapon from one of the officers. All the action was captured on surveillance footage (seen below).
Suspect Charles Kee, 26, allegedly head-butted a security officer at the transit center after Kee was found to be in violation of a year-long no trespassing order and asked to leave the premises
Two female Tampa Bay police officers responded to the incident during which they attempted to apprehend Kee, and struggled to handcuff him.
According to police, surveillance video showed Kee punching one of the officers in the face while trying to grab her gun.
“You could see through the window his hand on the gun,” said Carl Baer, a cab driver who witnessed the incident.
“The clip ended up coming out of the gun, laying on the ground, so he had his hand on it enough to release the clip.”
A man wearing a white shirt can be seen in the video intervening on behalf of the female officers before others came to their assistance.
The man was later identified as Tim Martin, a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) transit supervisor who has been lauded by police for his heroism.
“The first thing that really turned things in our favor was when he came in and put a bear hug on the guy and we really applaud him for doing that,” said Steve Hegarty, a spokesman for Tampa Police.
Martin, a six year veteran of HART who has no disciplinary record, was stunned when he received a letter claiming that he was under investigation and might face disciplinary action for his heroism.
In defending HART’s issuance of the letter, spokeswoman Sandra Morrison said “There was a stretch of time we did not hear from our transit supervisor so, I mean, we don’t know if his life could’ve been in danger. Something could’ve happened, so we needed to know what had happened around that stretch of time.”
Martin’s union representative, John Sholtes, took issue with HART’s position.
“What I understand is it was a heroic act and what I don’t understand is what there is to be disciplined for, it just doesn’t seem to make sense to us,” Sholtes said.
HART officials later closed their investigation into Martin.
“There’s no disciplinary action going to be taken, we are going to be speaking to him just to make sure that if ever there’s an event like this in the future that there’s proper communication,” Morrison noted.
Kee, whose criminal record is lengthy, was arrested and faces charges of battery on a licensed security guard, trespass after warning, battery on a law enforcement officer, resistance with violence and depriving a law enforcement officer of means to communicate/defend themselves.
Tampa Police intend to present Martin with an award for his heroism.
H/T: Daily Mail
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