Man standing outside library trips suspect fleeing police

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Police in Columbus are thanking a man who literally stuck his leg out for officers.

A man identified as ‘Bill’ was at a west Columbus library with his granddaughter on April 3. He was waiting outside as he was leaving when he heard police sirens.

He said he saw a man with a hand in his waistband running from officers. The man had a lead on the officers.

As the man ran by, Bill stuck his leg out in order to trip the suspect.

Police say the move likely saved the suspect’s life and allowed police to catch up and make an arrest.

Officers recovered a Glock 9mm pistol with a magazine containing 29 rounds. The gun fell to the ground as the suspect tripped.

Police say the suspect was arrested and taken to the Franklin County Jail.

“Community involvement, be it by courage, bravery and/or fancy footwork, helped take a criminal off the streets of Columbus,” said Columbus police.

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