North Bellmore, New York – On Tuesday, a quick-thinking Long Island police officer is being credited with potentially saving numerous lives.
According to the Daily Mail, an unidentified 33-year-old female was reportedly firing a semi-automatic pistol into the air and pointing it at passing motorists in the middle of a busy intersection.
The officer used their police SUV to knock her down and subdue her.
Nassau County Police informed the Daily Mail that officers responded to the scene at approximately 2:20 PM. Footage taken by an onlooker depicts a woman walking erratically on the road before pointing a gun at her head.
Subsequently, a police vehicle swiftly veered towards her and struck her legs, causing her to collapse onto the pavement.
Officers then moved in to apprehend the individual.
Despite the hard strike and subsequent fall, the woman somehow managed to escape with only minor injuries according to Newsday. She was treated at a local hospital.
Police said the officer was also sent to the hospital for a check-up on emotional trauma.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder praised the officer for his heroic act and explained why it was justified.
I am never going to Monday morning quarterback my cops.
The protocol in the police department is that deadly physical forces versus deadly physical force. That’s the law
The investigation into the incident remains ongoing. The woman is in custody but has yet to be charged at this point.
A Nassau County police officer used his patrol SUV to knock down and disarm a woman Tuesday afternoon at a North Bellmore intersection after she allegedly fired a round from a handgun in the air and waved it at vehicles.
Officers were called to the intersection… pic.twitter.com/7hGTlScjh4
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