LANCASTER – A 63-year-old woman was one of many citizens who stopped their cars and jumped out to help a female deputy who was being attacked on the side of the road Tuesday, according to Lancaster Station spokesman Michael Rust.
“We’re thankful for the people that intervened,” said Rust. “It quite possibly saved the deputy’s life.”
Rust said the deputy’s attacker, 24-year-old Danny Wright, was arrested for attempted murder on a police officer, carjacking and assault.
The incident began shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday, Rust said.
Wright walked off the street and into The Living Gospel Church, located on 6th street west near Avenue M, where he assaulted a pastor and then left, Rust said. He then went into the automotive repair shop next door and attempted to steal a detailing truck from the owner, Rust said.
Wright then tried to steal keys from a woman to take her car, before proceeding down 6th street to Avenue M, where he encountered the female deputy, Rust said.
Rust said the deputy attempted to detain Wright from a distance of about 10 feet.
“She tells him to stay where he is and gives him commands,” said Rust. “He looks at her, and runs at her, and immediately grabs for her gun. So they both go to the ground and she is in a fight for her life.”
Rust said during the scuffle, Wright attempted to throw the deputy in front of a moving bus.
Rust said several citizens stopped their cars and jumped out to help the petite deputy who is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds.
“He could have easily won the fight had it continued for very long,” Rust said.
Thankfully, Rust said, the citizens were able to assist the female deputy until other deputies responded. Wright was then tasered and taken into custody.
Rust said they have not yet determined whether Wright was under the influence when he caused the disturbance Tuesday.
“But he definitely has some issues,” Rust said.
Wright remains in custody on $1 million bail and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday at the Antelope Valley courthouse.
Editor’s note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: “A 63-year-old woman was one of many citizens who stopped their cars and jumped out to help a female deputy…”