Good Samaritan: Ohio cop pays hotel bill for homeless family

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Butler Co. deputy praised for restraint against gun-wielding suspect.

Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Bussell of Butler County, Ohio is being hailed as a selfless Samaritan after he gave a homeless family shelter, clothing, shoes, and food. NEW MIAMI, Ohio — Deputy Bill Brown had a split-second to make a life-or-death decision: Would he shoot the man who had a firearm at a gas station Sunday night? The deputy vowed to help Tierra Gray and her two sons get back on their feet while they figured out their housing situation. “He told me that he was going to help and that we were going to get everything we need taken care of, and I just cried,” Gray told the news outlet. “I was like, ‘Thank God, you are the angel I have been praying for all night.’” Bussell came upon Gray and her children in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office, where they had slept Saturday night. The officer called several shelters to try and find the family housing, but “Most of the shelters were overcrowded or there was a time requirement to be there and we were past that,” said Bussell.

When approached by Bussell, Gray told WCPO “[I thought he was] going to say, ‘You guys can’t be here any longer, you have to find something else.’” That was not the case. According to the sheriff’s office, that’s when Tittle took a gun from his hip holster and ducked behind some ice machines and a propane exchange cage. “He initially had his back to me, but turned to face me when he pulled the gun out,” Brown said in a news release. “I’ve been asked several times what went through my head at that moment, and honestly, there was no time to think — that’s how much time I had to decide to shoot him or not.” Lt. According to Gray, the day ended with a shopping spree: new shoes and clothes for the kids, toiletries, snacks, and money out of the deputy’s own wallet. Jeff Riegert, one of Brown’s colleagues in the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, said Tittle is lucky a veteran officer showed up to the scene, or else the outcome might’ve been quite different. Paul police officers in Minnesota, pooled together money to fund a hotel room for Kim Washington, a homeless woman, and her three children and two grandchildren.

He was charged with tampering with evidence — an aggravated felony — and carrying concealed weapons, inducing panic and disorderly conduct — all misdemeanors. Washington drove her family from Florida back to her home state of Minnesota after she decided to flee from a domestic violence situation with her boyfriend. All 6 were living in Washington’s SUV in a parking lot because local homeless shelters were full. “I wasn’t a big fan of the police, but them helping allowed us to view them in a different light and say, ‘Yes, they really do want to protect and serve,’” Washington told KMSP. “It was really nice.” Earlier in September, Kentucky State Police trooper Joseph Ponder pulled over driver Joseph Johnson-Shanks, and when the trooper realized Mr. Johnson-Shanks was driving with a suspended license, the lawman tried to arrange lodging for the man and his three passengers, one woman and two children.

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