A wild video out of Alabama shows just how dangerous it is for those working in law enforcement. A man struck Decatur off-duty officer Jack Brown with a vehicle, in the officer’s own front yard, leading to shots fired.
Decatur Off-Duty Officer Ambushed by Vehicle
The incident occurred the evening of August 16. The off-duty officer approached a suspicious vehicle outside of his home to inquire if the occupant needed assistance, reported WAFF 48. But the suspect, identified as 54-year-old Gregory Martin Hill began cursing at the officer. Hill proceeded to back out and hit another car before launching the vehicle toward Brown. RING security footage shows the man nearly take out the officer on his first attempt.
The officer quickly flees toward the house, calling for backup on his phone. He tosses the cell phone then dashes through the front door. Meanwhile, Hill exited the vehicle and stalked toward the front door. Moments later the officer emerges with a semi-auto pistol, yelling for the suspect to show his hands.
Hill ignored Brown’s repeated commands to show hands, getting back into his vehicle. Footage shows him back away from the officer, before attempting a dangerous charge with the auto, striking and seemingly pinning Brown to the hood. The officer manages to fire several shots into the vehicle before the wild scene continues out of frame.
Hill somehow avoided getting hit by gunfire, reported WAFF 48. But he did run over the officer’s legs during the charge. Fortunately, Brown and an unnamed witness managed to subdue the suspect, holding him down until more officers arrived on the scene.
Banged & Bruised
A woman, Sabrina Brown, claiming to be the officer’s wife, posted the following to Facebook: “I am the original poster of this video. This happened at my home and my husband is the officer. For all those asking why he came back outside–we have two small children who were at home at the time. He went inside and told the kids to hide and went back outside in an effort to protect our home and family after calling 911. My husband is blessed to be alive. He is sore, bruised, and scraped up but no serious injuries.”
Hill now faces an attempted murder charge, reported WAFF 48. Morgan County Circuit Judge Charles Elliot set the suspect’s bond at $1 million. Officials reported the officer remains at home, recovering from the incident. His wife and two children were inside the home during the incident.