Note: we are republishing this story in light of recent reports across the country that suggest more and more Americans are having positive interactions with police officers despite changing attitudes about police departments and wider conversation about police reform.
Over the weekend, a female CHP officer performing a traffic stop found herself scared for her life after the suspect attacked her along a freeway shoulder in Solano County.
The incident unfolded at around 8:30 on Saturday morning, with witnesses stating that the suspect was reaching for the officer’s gun when the two guardians, 61-year-old Joel
Jones, a retired San Francisco County sheriff’s deputy and former linebacker for Drake University, said: “[The suspect] punched her, hit her repeatedly, beat her to the ground and started stomping her.”
Jones and wife Analisa had seen the suspect, 49-year-old Gary Coslovich, weaving in and out of traffic along I-80 in Fairfield, and he hit two cars at 80 miles per hour, causing the cars to spin out.
Jones, a pastor of Spirit of Truth Church Worldwide in Crockett, decided to follow Coslovich.
According to Jones, Coslovich pulled to the shoulder of the road what he was pulled
“He was like, ‘No, No, I’m not doing this!'” Jones said. “It was surreal, it was like I was about to see a murder in front of me… what are you going to do about it?”
According to the Joneses, Coslovich then attacked the officer.
“I thought he was going to take her gun. He was at her waist midsection. I told my wife, I said stay here and I said, ‘Lord be with me,'” he said.
He rushed at Coslovich, knocking him clear off his feet, five feet away.
Annalisa stated that she was praying for the officer: “I saw her crawling and then I saw her trying to get up and so I said is this really happening?”