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Ex-Cop Comes To Aid Of Trooper After Traffic Stop Turned Violent

After a Florida Highway Patrol Officer was attacked by two men pulled over for speeding, an ex-cop and veteran immediately pulled over and came to his aid. Jeffery Duclos, a former Rhode Island police officer, was driving on I-75 when he noticed a trooper struggling to detain a man on the ground.

His 30 years of experience and training instantly kicked in, allowing him to assist the trooper and save the day.

For the second time this month, a good Samaritan has come to the aid of a law enforcement officer who was struggling with hostile offenders. The highway patrol officer had pulled over Richard Lazo Torres and Issac Ruiz Wilson after they were caught driving over the speed limit.

After the car was pulled over, the trooper noticed that the two men swapped seats in the car in an attempt to hide the fact that Mr. Lazo Torres was driving with a suspended license.

Mr. Duclos was quick to respond to the situation, noticing that the trooper was struggling on the ground with Mr. Lazo Torres. “I saw the trooper on the ground in a confrontation with the person, trying to handcuff him,” Mr. Duclos stated.

“I think the kid saw me coming, so he basically surrendered.” Mr. Duclos, who successfully assisted the trooper in neutralizing the situation, confessed that the trooper was lucky that he made it home to his family that night: “Other people are in the car. If they come out, he’s got a major problem.”

Mr. Duclos, who formerly trained officers, praised the actions of the state trooper, affirming that he acted with skill and professionalism.

Cranston police took to Facebook to express their gratitude to Mr. Duclos, stating, “Today we would like to wish a ‘job well done’ to one of our retired officers, Jeffrey Duclos!”

“Officer Duclos recently assisted a Florida State Trooper who was being attacked during a traffic stop…Officer Duclos was known throughout the city of Cranston as a dedicated public servant who positively influenced many of our students as the D.A.R.E officer in our school. WELL DONE OFFICER DUCLOS!!”

In a similar incident, a passerby assisted another law enforcement officer on the interstate this month. This passerby came to the aid of a Lee County sheriff’s deputy and was forced to shoot and kill attacker Edward Strother.

“The individual who had a carry permit was a true hero,” Mr. Duclos commented of the fellow good Samaritan. “He got out of the car; he jeopardized his safety.”

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will not release the name of the Samaritan as he wishes to remain anonymous.

The citizens of Florida and across America have praised the bravery of the two good Samaritans, with NBC reader, Judith, stating:

“Praise God, we need more ppl that get involved when ANYONE is in danger. And laws that protect the ones that help so they will not be afraid to get involved. Thank God he sent an angel to help the trooper. Well done.”

Source: NBC 2, WPRI
Photo: Mad World News, WPRI

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