YOUNGSTOWN, FL (CBS Local) – A Florida deputy is being praised for his expert aim after stopping a hammer-wielding suspect with a can of baked beans.
Officers arrived at a Rainbow Food Store in Youngstown on May 31 after police were called to confront a man who was allegedly carrying a gun. When Sheriff Tommy Ford, Deputy Chief Joel Heape, and Maj. Jimmy Stanford found the suspect in the store, he was actually carrying a hammer and began attacking the officers.READ MORE: COVID Vaccines: Marin County Set To Expand Eligibility; Seniors Say Finding Appointments Still A Challenge
Maj. Stanford had a surprise for their attacker and “bush-whacked” the suspect. “I saw Jimmy poke his head out, the next thing I know he steps out with a can of Bush’s extra brown sugar baked beans and hits the suspect in the upper body and distracts him,” Sheriff Ford said, via the Panama City News Herald.READ MORE: Stunning Yellow Superbloom Pops Up In Half Moon Bay - 'It's Perfect'
The deputy pelted Justin Tyler Stanford with two cans of beans, giving his partners the chance to wrestle the 25-year-old to the ground and arrest him. The hammer-wielding man was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on an officer, resisting arrest with violence, and DUI for an accident he was reportedly in before entering the Rainbow Food Store.MORE NEWS: COVID: Santa Clara Supervisors Approve $5/Hour Grocery Worker Hazard Pay
Maj. Stanford added that he thought the 16-ounce cans were a safer and more surprising choice than using his gun on the attacker. “My thoughts were I could take these and hit him with them and they’re not going to kill him, a less lethal alternative.”