Citizens came to the aid of a West Virginia State Trooper after he was attacked by a drunken assailant.
Senior Trooper Tupper of the West Virginia State Police was attacked outside of a Walmart in Princeton, West Virginia, on Wednesday when good Samaritans came to his aid.
Michael Lowery had been asking customers for money when Tupper began to question him, according to WOWK-TV. Lowery had been drinking and began hitting the trooper in the face and head with Tupper’s own baton. It was then that eyewitnesses came to the officer’s aid.
“I noticed he still had the baton in his hand and I asked him to let it go and he told me no and he went to pick it up again,” good Samaritan Jason Robbins told WVNS-TV. “I kind of stepped on his hand real hard and kicked the baton away.”
According to Robbins, he called for help on Tupper’s radio as others held Lowery down. His brother and fellow good Samaritan, Tabitha Smith, helped Tupper.
“I told Josh which is my boyfriend to take off his shirt because I knew the officer was bleeding bad,” Smith said. “I said to apply direct pressure so he applied it to the officer. He was going in and out of consciousness so I tried to keep him calm kept speaking to him and told him it’s going to be alright.”
Sergeant A.P. Christian told reporters that he appreciates the citizens' actions.
“We appreciate all the help we can get. We’re only as good as the community that we serve," he told reporters. "Yesterday showed that the people really care and when we need their backs they’re there for us and then we’re there for them also.”
Tupper was later taken to the hospital where he was released with stitches. According to the state troopers, Tupper will make a full recovery.
Police arrested Lowery. He faces charges of felony malicious assault, disorderly conduct, as well as obstructing and battery on a police officer.
He is being held at the Southern Regional Jail with a $50,000 bond.
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