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    Man helped short cop subdue tall suspect

    HOLLY SPRINGS -- A Cherokee County city plans to honor a Good Samaritan who helped a 5-foot, 4-inch female officer subdue a drug suspect who stands nearly 7 feet tall.

    Officer Julie Ann Welch stopped a car on May 10 on Highway 5 because the driver wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

    She says the passenger, Mike Schmidt, of Canton, was acting suspiciously so she told him to get out of the car.

    "He just continually disobeyed my commands," Welch tells WSB-TV. "He kept putting his hands in his pocket. He was shaking horribly."

    Welch says she found cocaine and drug paraphernalia on Schmidt.

    Her dashboard camera caught the following scene: As she starts to handcuff Schmidt, he struggles and tries to run but Welch refuses to let go.

    "I would pull him backwards off balance and try to pull his shirt, but I couldn't reach that far up," she said.

    Welch and Schmidt crossed the road and landed in a briar patch, still struggling.

    Steve Walker saw what was happening, and helped Welch subdue the man.

    "He showed up after we started rolling around in the briars," Welch said. "It makes the police department feel really good that our citizens support us in that manner and will come and help us."

    The mayor and police chief will present Walker with a commendation for bravery at the next City Council meeting June 19.

    Schmidt is free on bond. He declined to talk to WSB-TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1*girl
    "I would pull him backwards off balance and try to pull his shirt, but I couldn't reach that far up," Officer Julie Ann Welch said.

    That's funny....... I don't care who you are!

    Glad it turned out OK though.

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    My thought is that a guy who is almost 7' tall really doesn't need his kneecaps....

    But then, I'm evil.
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    With me being a shorter guy I have ran into this before. I jumped on this dudes back who was like 250 and about 6'8.

    It took all i had to get him the ground, including kicking him in the "boys"

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    I just saw this on the news... He didn't put up much of a fight.. Just refused to put his hands behind his back... He could have really hurt her though.... Glad she didn't get hurt and that there are some people out there that are willing to help out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virginian

    What's the height on both parties?

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    I believe it was 7' and 5'4"

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    6'11" and 5'4"


    The Officer did a good job holding onto him. And thumbs up to the citizen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1*girl
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    Schmidt is free on bond. He declined to talk to WSB-TV.

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    That dude's a giant.

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    It's a damn shame to say, we all have seen male LEOs who would have backpedaled on this guy without backup. Few and far between though. Salute that little gal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum440
    It's a damn shame to say, we all have seen male LEOs who would have backpedaled on this guy without backup. Few and far between though. Salute that little gal.
    Yep. That guy would be tough for anybody. It's amazing what guts and perseverance will accomplish.
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    Speaking as someone who is 5'3", EVERYONE is taller than me. I visit my daughter's school, and some 5th graders are taller than I am. After about 6' or so, the extra just doesn't seem to make much of a differece. Seriously. And I may not be able to reach very high up, but I can destroy knees very well. After that they're not much taller than I am, and I'm a LOT faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darin
    I bet you're thinking the same thing I am:
    Why do idiots resist, when all they have to do is bail out, and then the ones with nothing much to loose can skip town.

    Our town had two murder suspects bail out in different cases - The last one went back to the neighbors of the victim a couple of blocks over from us, and was asking them if he could mow their grass
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1*girl
    HOLLY SPRINGS -- A Cherokee County city plans to honor a Good Samaritan who helped a 5-foot, 4-inch female officer subdue a drug suspect who stands nearly 7 feet tall.

    I saw that tonight on our local FOX channel. Pretty cool. She was certainly NOT giving up with our without his help


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    Quote Originally Posted by ypd810
    I saw that tonight on our local FOX channel. Pretty cool. She was certainly NOT giving up with our without his help

    We have a huge sign with 10" letters in our training division DT room that says, "NEVER, EVER GIVE UP!"

    Truer words were never spoken or written.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum440
    It's a damn shame to say, we all have seen male LEOs who would have backpedaled on this guy without backup. Few and far between though. Salute that little gal.
    i agree!!!
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    Bite, gouge, punch, claw, pinch, kick, stab, beat, shoot, spray, taze, whatever it takes to get the job done and me home at night. I am with Ducky. If I was in that situation, brother would have been using his kneecaps for ashtrays from then on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conalabu
    If I was in that situation, brother would have been using his kneecaps for ashtrays from then on.
    That's painful to even read!
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