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Bystanders help police officer who was attacked in Troy

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Tyler Gustafson is accused of assaulting an officer during a traffic stop in Troy, Mo. Several bystanders helped the officer Tyler Gustafson is accused of assaulting an officer during a traffic stop in Troy, Mo. Several bystanders helped the officer
TROY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Several nearby motorists helped a police officer who was assaulted by a man in Troy, Missouri, police said.

Police said an officer pulled over Tyler Gustafson because he was wanted on felony warrant. When the officer approached the car, authorities said the suspect became belligerent.

“The subject became belligerent and refused to exit the car and started yelling at the officer,” Troy police detective Tony Stewart said. “The driver then punched the officer in the face with whatever was in his hand, which was later determined to be a cellphone."

Gustafson then attempted to put the car in drive.

“The driver had also pinned his arm against the steering wheel so the officer could no longer get out of the car so when then driver put the car in gear, the officer pulled his weapon,” Stewart said.

The officer warned Gustafson he would shoot if he did not comply, police said. The officer was then able to get the keys out the ignition. A nearby motorist saw what was going on and stopped to help.  In total, seven people provided assistance.

“He got out of his car and wife called 911. He ran across four lanes of highway to assist,” said Stewart.

Two of those who stopped to help were police officers that were off-duty at the time. Everyone who assisted will be recognized at the next meeting of Troy’s City Council on September 22.

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