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Armed citizen helps police catch assault suspect

Armed citizen helps police catch assault suspect

COOS BAY, Ore. -- An armed citizen helped officers arrest a man who Coos Bay Police officials say punched a man in the face near a Shell gas station on Wednesday.

Police told KCBY News that bay-area resident Jeffory Snyder took matters into his own hands after he said he saw 53-year-old Donald Johnson assault someone at the gas station Wednesday afternoon.

After Snyder confronted the man about the alleged assault, police said that Johnson ran for the bridge.

“My understanding is that he assisted us in that he confronted the person, the suspect who he believed had just committed a serious crime and was trying to flee the area so he tried to detain him,” said Sergeant Michael Shaffer with Coos Bay police.

Officials said that Snyder pulled his gun on Johnson, got him on the ground, and waited for police. 

“We appreciate Mr. Snyder's assistance in the matter, however we encourage citizens to be the best witness they can and try to help us out in that regard,” said Sgt. Shaffer.

Johnson was booked in the Coos County Jail on fourth degree assault and disorderly conduct. He was released on Friday morning.

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