Man Saves Miami Police Officer From Firefight: The best way to stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a van

Man Saves Miami Police Officer From Firefight: The best way to stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a van

A 47-year-old boat worker from Miami is being called a hero after he stepped in to save a police officer under fire from a spray of bullets Tuesday.

The Miami Herald reported that yesterday morning William Ramirez got a call from the mayor, thanking him for rescuing Rosny Obas, a rookie cop of nine months, from a rifle-toting taxi cab driver Frantzy Armand.

Armand had been in a car accident with another taxi cab driver on Monday, according to the Miami Herald. After the incident, Armand went to the other taxi cab driver’s company on 79th Street and Northwest Second Avenue, where investigators believe he vandalized several cabs. On Tuesday, the latter cab company called the police about the incident.

Obas received word of Armand’s location while taking down a report. Obas found and pulled over Armand. However, police later confirmed that Armand was armed and “emerged firing the rifle through a duffel bag” at Obas. When the weapon jammed, Armand cleared it and began firing again while Obas returned fire.

Ramirez happened to be driving toward Miami Beach to his job at the marina when he said he saw that Armand “came out of the car and started shooting,” according to CBS Local. He pulled Obas, who had run for cover, into his van and sped off.

Miami Herald reports that Armand has been charged with two counts of attempted murder against the police officer and an unsuspecting motorist, and an additional count for discharging a firearm in public. He was denied bond.