2 citizens help deputy under attack, Florida sheriff's office says
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Two citizens will be recognized with an award after they leaped into action when they saw a deputy being attacked during a traffic stop, a Florida sheriff's office said.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said that Deputy Zimmerer was traveling eastbound on Howland Boulevard on Tuesday when a black Ford F-150 cut across all lanes of traffic and almost hit him.
They said that Deputy Zimmerer then conducted a traffic stop on the driver, identified as 41-year-old Frank Padilla. He was said to be acting erratic and when Zimmerer attempted to put handcuffs on him, Padilla hit him in the head with his elbow. This knocked the handcuffs into the middle of the street and then Padilla began fighting the deputy.