Former MMA fighter sees wanted felon brutally attacking police officer, so he pulls over and chokes out the criminal

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PORTAGE, IN — A wanted felon who had violently attacked a police officer last week in Indiana may have gotten away from law enforcement if it was not for a former MMA fighter who helped to take him down.

William Cassoday, 39, was on his way with his wife to visit his mother to show her their new car. While driving, he noticed a Porter County Sheriff’s Officer being punched in the face, so he immediately pulled over to help the brutalized cop, according to a report by The Blaze.

The suspect felon was identified as 37-year-old Christopher Delgado, and the officer he allegedly punched was Porter County Sheriff’s Officer Jamison Smith.

Cassoday is an ex-MMA fighter and a Brazilian jiu-jitsu trainer, who is currently working on getting his black belt. He has been training on and off for 13 years, but easily took down the suspect.

Deputy under investigation for alleged "choke hold" that he used while trying to stop a criminal who was attacking him

Cassoday said:

“I’m 280 pounds — this guy was probably half my size.”

Cassoday came up from behind and put his arm around the suspect’s neck and then used his other arm to tighten the grip in a rear-naked choke. He told WMAQ-TV:

“He couldn’t do anything because I was squeezing on his neck and then he kind of felt like he went limp for a second and so I loosen[ed] it up.”

Cassoday pinned the man within 15 seconds, and the police officer recovered to handcuff the suspect.

Smith had noticed Delgado walking down the street and stopped him for an outstanding warrant for auto theft. Delgado allegedly attacked Smith during the confrontation.

Delgado was arrested and charged with battery, resisting arrest and providing false information to police, according to the report by The Blaze.

The sheriff’s officer suffered swelling above his right eye from a punch, but is reportedly “going to be OK,” according to the same report.

While being pinned to the ground, Delgado allegedly told Cassoday that he should be a cop.

Cassoday reportedly replied:

“It’s not something I would be interested in. They don’t get enough credit for what they do.”

The wife of Cassoday, Marisa McDaniel, said:

“Not a lot of people would have done that. He was very courageous. He didn’t have to think twice, he did what he had to do.”

Law enforcement officials were very grateful for Cassoday’s help.

According to the Lake Geneva Regional News, Porter County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Benjamin McFalls said:

“Putting his own safety aside, he ran into harm’s way, assisting Officer Smith in taking a felon into custody.

“Mr. Cassoday willingly jumped into a fight, in which our officer was being violently attacked.

 “Mr. Cassoday exemplified what it means to be a resident of Porter County. We will be honoring him in the near future.”

In April, we reported that a deputy was under investigation for using an alleged choke hold while trying to stop a criminal who was reportedly attacking him. Here is that report.

ORANGE COUNTY, FL – The Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) prohibits neck restraint except where deadly force is necessary. Now a sheriff’s deputy is under investigation for deploying a “choke” hold on a man he was trying to detain.

An OCSO deputy is seen in a cell phone video punching a man in the side of the head before wrapping his arm around his neck. Due to the short duration of the video, what led to the altercation it is not seen.

In response to the social media video, the sheriff’s office said that it had been made aware of the incident and the video and a “Response to Resistance” report will be completed and reviewed by their professional standards unit.

According to reports, Deputy Kyle Plavcan initiated a traffic stop on 28-year-old Raheen Ellis last Friday.

The sheriff’s office report indicated that Ellis did not have a driver’s license and the plates on the car he was driving was from a different vehicle.

Ellis allegedly exited the vehicle and pushed the deputy, ran around the parking lot before attempting to get back in his car and drive away.

Deputy Plavcan prevented him from leaving, removing him from the car.

According to ClickOrlando, it was at that point that “Ellis began fighting Plavcan and at one point kicked the deputy in the face.”

It’s unclear how long the altercation lasted prior to the video starting.

A witness spoke with the local news affiliate:
 
“The kid was over there. And the cop had the kid in a choke hold. But before he had him in a choke hold, he punched him in the head two times, and then had him in the choke hold. Somebody should have been helping that officer and somebody should have been helping that kid.”
 
Both the deputy and Ellis were taken to the hospital. Plavcan was treated for injuries he sustained in the assault. Ellis was transported after he claimed that he could not breathe. Following a number of questions sent to OCSO, the office said it is going to allow the review process to take place.
 
The Media Relations team from the sheriff’s office responded to the questions from News 6:
 
“A Response to Resistance Report will be completed and reviewed by our Professional Standards Unit. The questions you are asking cannot be answered until a full Response to Resistance is written and reviewed.”
 
Ellis is facing charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence.
 
One commenter on the NewsBreak website said:
 
“What a trying time to be a Police officer. The media constantly siding with the criminals. I’m proud to have officers like this serving and protecting our communities. It was handled well by this officer.”
 
Another wondered what more people expected of Plavcan given that the deputy used only his hands to bring the suspect into custody, noting that he did not use weapons.

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