According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an average of nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. One such case was caught on camera in Yuba City, California.
In a disturbing surveillance video posted to Facebook, a man is seen attacking a woman (believed to be his partner) in a Walmart parking lot. The man was pulling her back into his car as she struggled to escape the driver’s seat. But just as he continued pulling her and choking her, another man saw what was happening, approached the attacker, pointed a gun at him and demanded he get out of the vehicle.
As it turned out, this Good Samaritan was actually an off-duty sheriff’s deputy. Because of his heroic actions, the woman was able to escape.
The video went viral with hundreds of shares. Karina Rios, a therapist from Yuba City, says watching the footage was “…mixed emotions, afraid for them and then also like proud of the deputy. That he did his duty even though he was off duty.
“Thank you for being a hero.”