"The officer was down and the guy was had him behind the neck and I was standing over by my car and I just shot across the road and kind of like tackled the guy and was pulling him off and trying to get his hands off from around his neck."
What Anthony Stinnett is describing is actions he took to save the life of a Pasco County deputy.
Last Friday, Stinnett and his wife went to the 7-11 on Little Road to get drinks. When they pulled into the parking lot something caught Stinnett's attention.
"I kept hearing loud bangs behind me."
Pasco county deputy John Brown was transporting Osvlado Flores to jail when Flores started to kick the back window out.
Stinnett says, "Finally the windows just blew out of the car and this guy just jumped out like a bullet."
Stinnett says Flores attacked the deputy and started to strangle him with his handcuffs.
"[I] ran over there and jumped on the guy and, you know, got him off of him and tried to hold the guy down."
Deputy Brown was freed and called for backup.
Stinnett has been in trouble with the law before. Sheriff Chris Nocco that does not take away from what Stinnett did for his deputy.
"No matter what he has done in the past at that moment he decided to do something which was very good and that was to help one of our deputies who was in the middle of a fight. So you know I applaud him for stepping in and doing something good at the right time at the right moment."
Stinnett says, "all I seen was another human being that was in trouble at the time you know and I didn't even think about it I don't even really remember what exactly happened at the time."
Later, Stinnett saw deputy Brown inside the 7-11.
"He walked up to me and said thank you very much I appreciate that and shook my hand."
Next week Anthony Stinnett will be recognized by the sheriff and given the Citizen's Service Award for his actions.
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