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Bystanders come to aid of ambushed Polk deputy

Bystanders come to aid of ambushed Polk deputy

By Kimberly Kuizon for FOX 13 News

Three men, all strangers, couldn't drive by a Polk County sheriff's deputy in need of help Sunday morning.

"I saw a motorcycle officer pull over a guy," recalled George Cooper.

Cooper was going to breakfast when Deputy Walsh stopped Corey Johnson.  Johnson had just blown through a stop sign and almost hit the deputy.

Cooper wasn't expecting what happened next.

"The guyslammed the door out on the deputy and then jumped at him and just started wailing and hitting him across the head and just beating him," said Cooper.

The two were in the roadway at Winter Lake Road at Camellia Road in Winter Haven. 

Cooper didn't let a torn ACL stop him from running to help.

"I wasn't thinking about my safety. I was thinking about helping him. The boy was all over him straddling him beating him, he snatched his radio and took it," continued Cooper.

Cooper said Johnson continued reaching for the deputy's gun belt.  He eventually got Johnson off the deputy and he ran off.

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