Virginia Man Saves Officer From Brutal Assault; Hero Now Needs Our Help
Viginia Man, Marcus Elias Johnson, Saves Officer From Brutal Assault; Hero Now Needs Our Help
For Marcus Elias Johnson, being a hero wasn’t what he had in mind when he started a shift as a security guard on July 22, but by the end of his shift that’s exactly what he was. Johnson was on patrol at a Van Dorn Street Plaza in Alexandria, Virgina at around 1:30 AM, when he noticed two men loitering near a row of dumpsters. One of the men has now been identified as Jeffrey Tibbs.
Johnson stated that his priority was to get the men away from the building. If a burglary had occurred, they could always investigate it afterwards. Johnson pulled up and told the men to move along. Instead of listening, the men walked up and grabbed Johnson through the window of his car. Johnson managed to pull away and call the police. One of the male suspects fled, but Tibbs remained on scene and attacked the arriving officer.
While speaking with local news station WLJA, Johnson recalled the attack, “He was hitting her, grabbing her, shaking her, and it looked pretty bad.” Johnson knew he had no choice but to act. “He was trying to slam her against a wall, like, he was trying to put her in a choke hold or something.” Johnson didn’t hesitate; he jumped into the fight to support the officer.
A struggle ensued between Johnson, Tibbs, and the officer; during the struggle the officer suffered a dislocated shoulder. Johnson, on the other hand sustained a broken leg and a broken ankle.
Johnson stated, “Three major breaks that’s causing all this pain. One crack in the femur and two breaks on each side of the leg.” The broken ankle and leg are held together by seven screws and a metal plate. Johnson continued, “He stepped on my ankle, and as I was trying to bring him down, is when I heard and felt it break.”
Even though he was injured Johnson refused to be out of the fight. He and the officer managed to gain control of Tibbs and hold him on the ground until backup arrived.
Johnson figures that he still has a long way to go for recovery, at least ten weeks, but he was happy to get a visit from the officer he assisted while he was in the hospital. Johnson stated, “She just came in and said ‘thank you.’ You know she was glad I was there, glad I could help.”
The Alexandria Police Chief is sending a letter of commendation to Johnson’s employer.
Johnson isn’t happy about the prospect of being out of work for the recovery period but is grateful for his family trying to help. His family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for medical expenses. Johnson continues to reaffirm that he was just doing the right thing.
The GoFundMe page for Marcus Elias Johnson is here: https://www.gofundme.com/myheromybrother
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