Willoughby, OH – Dashcam footage captured the moment when four Good Samaritans jumped in to help a police officer who was being assaulted by a violent suspect (video below).
The incident occurred after Willoughby Police Department (WPD) Officer Stacee Wright stopped a speeding motorist on Lost Nation Road shortly before 4:25 p.m. on Sept. 10, WKYC reported.
Dashcam footage showed the driver of the suspect vehicle, 64-year-old David Koubeck, exiting his car to get his license out of the backseat area shortly after Officer Wright made contact with him through his front passenger-side window.
“Put your hands on the vehicle now!” she yelled, just before she pushed the suspect towards his car and attempted to take him into custody.
Koubeck resisted her effort and ended up pinning Officer Wright against the passenger side of his vehicle during the ensuing struggle, the video showed.
Multiple witnesses driving by the scene abruptly stopped their vehicles and ran to help the struggling officer.
An Arvada police officer was fatally shot early Sunday while “responding to a large family disturbance” near the city’s border with Denver and Wheat Ridge.
The Arvada Police Department said the officer, Dillon Michael Vakoff, was responding to the call on the 6700 block of West 51st Avenue when he was killed. That’s just northeast of the Interstate 76 and Interstate 70 interchange.
Arvada police Chief Link Strate said officers “arrived to a chaotic scene, with multiple people in the street” when the suspect began firing a gun.
Police said a suspect, who was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police, was in custody and that “there is no threat to the community.”
The suspect is expected to survive his injuries. His name was not immediately released.
A woman was also shot and wounded by the suspect, police said. She, too, is expected to survive her injuries.
Vakoff was 27 years old. He started with the Arvada Police Department in 2019 after serving in the Air Force for six years. He was a 2012 graduate of Ralston Valley High School in Arvada.
“What I can tell you in this moment is this — in plain terms it is simple, my two deputies were ambushed this evening and killed,” Owens said. “The two suspects we believe are the perpetrators of this crime are currently in custody and are being held at the Cobb County Police Department for questioning.”
The sheriff’s office clarified Friday that the deputies were at the Marietta home to arrest Cook on an outstanding warrant for felony theft by receiving. As they were attempting to take him into custody, Golden started shooting at officers from inside the home. The deputies fired back, but both were shot and killed.
Golden has been charged with three counts of felony murder and three counts of aggravated assault of an officer.