Bystanders Rush To Help Modesto Police Officer In Distress

When officers yell for help from the public, they never know if anyone is actually going to respond, especially in today's climate. Luckily for one California officer, he had some good sanitarians' that were ready to jump in.

Struggle With A Suspect

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In Modesto, California, an officer was called to a liquor store parking lot on suspicion of suspicious activity. The caller reported that someone was trying to get into a parked car.

About 3:15 p.m., the responding officer arrived in the Star Food & Liquor parking lot. He looked around for the suspicious person but found no one.

According to Modesto Police spokeswoman Sharon Bear, he was called back to the lot within 15 minutes. The suspicious person was back.

Resisting Arrest

According to the Modesto Bee, the officer approached and went to pat him down since he was clothed in a loose outfit. However, the suspect had other plans.

According to Bear, โ€œThe suspect resisted, and it turned into the suspect and officer on the ground rolling around with the suspect trying to get the officerโ€™s Taser and then the officerโ€™s gun."

The suspect pulled the officers gun partly out of his holster, making his way through three levels of safety to get that far. The officer held the suspects hand and yelled to bystanders for help.

Three people rushed over, a woman and two men. They were able to assist the officer in pulling the suspect's hand away from the gun.

In Cuffs

The suspect gave up fighting after that and was able to be put in handcuffs. The officer ended up with a few scrapes and bruises.

The suspect, later identified as Daniel Steffens, 31, had a few cuts on his head and some bruising too. They both went to the hospital for care.

Steffens was sent to the Stanislaus County Jail and is being charged with suspicion of attempted murder, taking a firearm from a police officer, and resisting arrest.

A Better Ending

If the bystanders had not come to the officers aid, the story could have ended very differently. While officers are there to serve and protect the public, it is important that the public has their back when it truly matters most.

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10 comments on “Bystanders Rush To Help Modesto Police Officer In Distress”

  1. God Bless ๐Ÿ™ all 3 citizens for helping the Modesto Police Officer , this is how all American ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ Citizens should feel about Law Enforcement !!!

  2. I was a cop. This officer was lucky to get help. Had the same issue with a suspect back in the 80's got help just in time. I thought I might have to shoot him. Thank God I didn't have to.

  3. So nice to her some really good news #really. Everyone that helped this office all should be thanked. So here you go that you thank you. And a specially the police officer. # Respect the thine blue line. Everyone who are with our police forces show them put a ble light bulb on you front porch keep it on at night.

  4. Illegal immigrants should be deported, as soon as possible. If they cross again, breaking American Law a second time, they should be deported again and locked up in their native country's prison system for a number of years. Also anyone breaking our Immigration Law, whether an illegal or an American Citizen, shall be imprisoned for 10 years and fined $500,000 plus costs. Enough is more than enough. When is the President going to do his job of enforcing American Laws? When is going to stop spending money, he should treat it as if it was his own, then, he'd never spend a penny, the same way he doesn't pay taxes.

  5. Thank you whomever you are that helped this policeman when he needed it. We need good police and we need good people who are not police. We need to have each other's backs.

    I'm sure that policemen was grateful for the help when he needed it. We all are grateful to you who ever you were, Thanks

  6. That is the problem with our society. Citizens are afraid to help but when they need it and they don't show on time they are called all kinds of names. As long as i can breath a breath and god is with me i will help any one i can no matter the cause. Not only Law Enforcement any couple /person that is why i am an AMERICAN.

  7. The picture of Harris with the two Legion Ladies, they do not look impressed By the way the picture is a bate and switch for the story that comes up
    NOT nice

  8. You are right about helping officers out. I know they have been there for me more than once through the years even when I couldn't find my car in the parking lot in the days of no alarm on your key. I thought for sure it was stolen but when he studied my car he didn't think so and walked around with me looking for an eleven year old car. I was in the wrong side of the parking lot. We both had a good laugh on that one. We also had an observant officer answering a loud party call. He was suspicious of drugs and walked through the house to a bedroom where he found our little baby laying in her poop with spoiled milk in a dirty bottle and a dirty face from crying. Social Services took the baby and the mother and boyfriend didn't show up in court and my new husband got his daughter and I got a daughter all grown up now and a teacher and four kids of her own. Many times in ways that seem small policemen do what turn out to be life saying in many ways for people.

  9. Thak God we ha e some descent human beings getting involved in rescuing an officer fm the tyranny of a criminal. We need to protect our police officers from the jungle animals that are destroying our nation. .

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