After seeing a man battling a cop on the side of the road in Indiana, US, a former MMA fighter put his fighting talents to good use.
According to the Lake Geneva Regional News, William Cassoday was on his way to see his mother when he witnessed a cop being assaulted.
Cassoday pulled over down the road and returned to the scene as suspect Christopher Delgado, 37, was “swinging at the cop,” according to the report.
Cassoday was sure not to startle the cop by choking Delgado behind his back. He was able to subdue Delgado long enough for patrolman Jamison Smith to handcuff him and put an end to any threat Delgado might have posed.
“He couldn’t do anything because I was squeezing on his neck and then he kinda felt like he went limp for a second and so I loosen[ed] it up,” Cassoday told WMAQ-TV.
He continued, “I’m 280 pounds, and this man was about half my size.”
Smith pulled Delgado over for an outstanding warrant for auto theft. Before confronting the officer, the suspect pretended to be someone else at first.
According to the report, he was charged with felony battery on a law enforcement officer resulting in bodily injury, misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, and false informing.
“We cannot appreciate Mr. William Cassoday enough for his daring deeds,” officials later added.
Cpl. Benjamin McFalls of the Porter County Sheriff’s Office reportedly said, “Mr. Cassoday willingly jumped into a fight in which our officer was being violently attacked.”
“Mr. Cassoday embodied what it means to be a Porter County resident. We shall be recognizing him in the near future,” he continued.