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Good Samaritan helps Metro officer fend off attacker

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Updated: 3/25/2014 10:56 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV – A Good Samaritan possibly helped save the life of a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer Friday morning by getting hold of the suspect who had the officer pinned on the ground.

Curtis Traupman, 39, is facing charges of attempted murder, resisting public officer with use of a firearm, and battery on a protected person.

According to the Metro arrest report, the officer was sent to Jack in the Box on Boulder Hwy. just before 6 a.m. on a report that a person was yelling at employees. The officer was informed that one of the employees wanted Traupman to leave the business. Traupman left the restaurant, and the officer followed.

The officer then told Traupman that he was not under arrest and could leave. Instead, according to the report, Traupman approached the officer in an aggressive manner. The officer decided to place Traupman in handcuffs. They began to struggle, and the officer was knocked onto his back. Traupman, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, got on top of the 5-7, 160-pound officer.

The report said that Traupman hit the officer in the face and head; he also tried to get to the officer’s gun. A person at the restaurant grabbed Traupman by his neck and helped prevent him from getting hold of the gun.

Traupman is scheduled for felony arraignment on July 21.

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