Store Clerks Pulled Attacker Off Fort Lauderdale Officer

The clerks, Shamim Ahassan and Ahmad Pappu, will be honored by the city, officials say

By Willard Shepard
|  Thursday, Nov 29, 2012  |  Updated 10:10 AM EDT
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Two store clerks are being lauded as heroes for stopping an assailant from further hurting a police officer, authorities say. NBC 6 s Willard Shepard spoke to the clerks, Shamim Ahassan and Ahmad Pappu.

Two store clerks are being lauded as heroes for stopping an assailant from further hurting a police officer, authorities say. NBC 6 s Willard Shepard spoke to the clerks, Shamim Ahassan and Ahmad Pappu.

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Authorities are lauding two Fort Lauderdale clerks who pulled an attacker off an injured police officer.

Shamim Ahassan and Ahmad Pappu will be honored by the city for helping the officer, who was injured Tuesday night at Food Plus Store at 3031 Davie Boulevard, officials said.

The suspect, Jermetrius Deveaux, 23, has been arrested on the charge of battery and resisting arrest with violence, police said.

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The officer responded to the store after Deveaux allegedly refused to leave. When the officer warned Deveaux he would be arrested, Deveaux attacked, police said.

“He kicked the officer’s leg,” Ahassan said. “He twisted it, and the officer fell on the floor.”

The officer wasn’t further hurt because the clerks sprang into action, police said. “We grabbed that guy,” Ahassan said.

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Pappu said he spoke to the injured officer after the attack. “He said, ‘Don’t move me, because my ankle is broke,’” Pappu said.

The officer has undergone surgery and is recovering, officials said.

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