Alphonzo Johnson was arrested Saturday after he reportedly attacked the officer near Madison Avenue and Cleveland Street.
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC) - A Memphis man is in jail accused of trying to kill a Memphis police officer by strangling her.
Alphonzo Johnson was arrested Saturday after he reportedly attacked the officer near Madison Avenue and Cleveland Street. Police say at one point during the struggle he was almost able to get the officer's gun.
According to a police affidavit, MPD officer Jennifer Robinson saw Johnson pound on someone's car. When Robinson approached Johnson, police say he began choking her, threatened to kill her, and reached for her gun.
The owner of a cell phone store across the street saw the struggle and was able to pull Johnson away.
Officer Robinson was shaken up, but otherwise okay. She is grateful that complete strangers came to help. The WMC Action News 5 investigators obtained exclusive surveillance video that shows the strangers running to help the officer.
We spoke with one of those people who didn't want his face shown, but didn't hesitate to help the officer.
"It was either we save his life by possible getting shot by her or we saved her life and may our lives also from him getting the gun from her shooting everybody," he said.
Johnson is charged with assault of a police officer and attempted first-degree murder.
He is being held on $200,000 bond and is due in court on Monday.
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