Video: Firefighter tackles man assaulting deputy

Firefighter: "I saw a white male that was on top of him choking him. I hurried up and veered off the road, jumped out and went and tackled the guy."

Standard Examiner

SOUTH OGDEN, Utah — As firefighter Jake McMichael was getting off his shift at the Weber Fire District Wednesday morning during rush hour, traffic suddenly came to a stop on Washington Boulevard near 4100 South. He noticed a Weber County sheriff’s truck with its lights on pulled over to the side and thought it was just a routine traffic stop. However, when he got closer, he was shocked to see the deputy on the ground, with another man on top of him with his hands around the officer’s neck.

McMichael was one of two people who stopped a skateboarder’s assault on a deputy who was trying to enforce pedestrian traffic rules, the Weber County Sheriff’s Office said.

Wednesday morning at about 9 a.m., a deputy observed a man skateboarding in the middle of a travel lane at high speed, Weber County Lt. Lane Findlay said. The law requires pedestrians to use the outside edge of the roadway on the shoulder, for safety and traffic reasons.

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