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Armed man stops attack on Utah police officer

February 5, 2018 GMT

Armed man stops attack on Utah police officer

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — A man who saw a police officer being assaulted managed to stop the attack when he pulled his handgun on the suspect, reports say.

Derek Meyer was driving along a street Friday in Springville when he noticed the lights of a police car.

According to Fox 13, a police officer was investigating after he noticed feet dangling from a donation bin.

The suspect, Paul Douglas Anderson, 40, jumped from the bin but refused to take his hands out of his pockets, ksl.com reports.

The officer asked Anderson multiple times to remove his hands from his pocket. Anderson continued to refuse until he suddenly attacked the officer, reports say, punching him repeatedly in the face.

Meyer, who has a concealed-carry permit, saw the assault and turned around, pulling up behind the police car, Fox 13 reports. He pointed his handgun at Anderson and told him to stop hitting the officer.

Anderson reportedly got up and ran from the area. He was caught by other officers about 30 minutes later, according to ksl.com.

“Luckily, it worked out where I didn’t have to fire or discharge my weapon,” Meyer tells ksl.com. “The suspect saw me and my weapon and decided very, very quickly he needed to go and run.”

Anderson was being held in jail on charges of suspicion of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, theft, burglary and failing to stop at an officer’s command.

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