A wanted fugitive burst out of the trunk of a car to ambush an Idaho police officer using a toy gun.
Lewiston Police Officer Tom Woods wrestled the suspect Jesse Harrell to the ground and managed to arrest him without firing any shots.
The incident happened during a routine traffic stop, where Officer Woods pulled over Harrell’s mother for driving without a licence plate.
Officer Tom Woods approached the car in Lewiston, Idaho, following a routine traffic stop
Suspect Jesse Harrell, left, was hiding in the trunk and tried to ambush Officer Woods
Officer Woods wrestled with Harrell, who was carrying a toy gun at the time of the incident
Harrell had several outstanding warrants out against him for malicious injury to property and driving without privileges.
Speaking to KLEW News, Lewiston Police Chief Chris Ankeny said: ‘There’s only split second to deal with that threat. That officer could have used deadly force.
‘Our officer used great amount of restraint in taking the suspect into custody.’
He added: ‘Shocked as I was to watch that video I just think that it’s something that the community needs to see… but here in Lewiston as well.’
According to Ankeny, Harrell’s mother tried to tell the officer that her son was only carrying a toy gun.
She was also arrested and is facing obstruction of justice charges.
Officer Woods managed to force Harrell too the ground where he was arrested
Police also arrested Harrell’s mother, left, on suspicion of obstruction of justice
The incident happened on 16th Avenue, pictured, in Lewiston, Idaho on Monday night
Officer Tom Woods pulled over Jesse Harrell’s car which was being driven by his mother
Officer Woods believed the car was owned by Harrell, but was being driven by the suspect’s mother.
As well as the toy gun, Harrell had a set of brass knuckle dusters in his pocket.
He is now facing additional charges of resisting arrest and aggravated assault.