A civilian driving by in his vehicle suddenly saw a horrifying scene: a police officer being attacked by a man, his girlfriend, and their pitbull. The civilian knew he had to jump in to save the cops life, and together they managed to beat back the couple… though not without sustaining some injuries and dog bites.
Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Clark was out investigating reports of a stolen car when a car with these two people drove by him and began yelling death threats. Clark came over and attempted to arrest them for threatening a police officer, but that’s when they got violent.
Sammy Abdellatif and his girlfriend, Brittany Ashley-Graser began to assault the officer. As Clark tried to reason with them, Abdellatif rolled up the window, trapping the officer’s hand. Clark had no choice but to break the window to free himself.
That was when Abdellatif got out of the car and began to attack. The woman then jumped out and onto the police officer’s back. To make matters worse, their pitbull who was sitting in the back began to act aggressively and also hopped out of the car.
That’s when a brave civilian, Peter O’Brein decided to intervene, according to AmericaNow.com:
Abdellatif had Clark in a chokehold and the officer was beginning to lose consciousness, according to WBFO. That’s when a passing civilian, Peter O’Brien, decided he had to step in.He was able to pull Abdellatif away, but was attacked by the pit bull in the process. O’Brien was not seriously injured, and only sustained minor injuries to his hand.“Were it not for the actions of Mr. O’Brien, this very easily could have ended with another dead police officer,” said District Attorney Michael Flaherty.
A second officer arrived at the scene and was able to drag Abdellatif to the patrol car. Abdellatif will be charged with attempted murder while his girlfriend, Ashley-Graser, is charged with felony assault.
The pit bull has been taken to an animal shelter and it is unclear whether it will be euthanized.
At the time of the attack, Abellatif was out on bail for making threats against an officer. That officer was Clark, reports WBFO, and the threats stemmed from when Clark pulled Ashely-Graser over in July.