TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The founder of “The Wounded Blue,” an organization dedicated to helping injured law enforcement in the line of duty, praises the good Samaritans who stopped along the I- 4 Friday to help a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper who was assaulted while trying to help a pedestrian.
“The cops can’t do it all themselves,” said Randy Sutton, the organization’s founder.
Several drivers came to the rescue of the FHP officer who was punched in the face on Friday by 24-year-old Alexander Hernandez Delgado.
“Every officer, regardless of the community they serve, is in danger, every day they are on the streets,” he added.
Dash camera video showed the trooper’s dramatic encounter with Hernandez Delgado, who was walking along I-4 because his mother kicked him out of the house.
When the soldier asked if he could search Hernandez Delgado, he agreed.
Shortly after, the soldier tried to get Hernandez Delgado into the back of his patrol car. That’s when the 24-year-old allegedly got “argumentative” and told the soldier to leave him alone.
The soldier said he told Hernandez Delgado he was just trying to help him off the freeway and again tried to get him into the patrol car. Dashcam video shows Delgado walking away and punching the soldier in the face.
FHP said Delgado tried to run, but the soldier quickly caught up. The 24-year-old threw several more punches hitting the soldier, the statement added.
When the fight broke out, several civilians stopped to help the soldier.
Authorities said Delgado suffered a minor cut to his chin while the soldier had a bloody nose from the incident.
In a press release, FHP thanked “all good Samaritans who stopped…on I-4 in Tampa to help our Trooper.”
Hernandez Delgado has been charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer and resisting with violence.
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