Armed bystander reportedly leaps to action after escaped inmate shoots officer in the stomach

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As a Missouri police officer recovers from injuries sustained when an inmate she was transporting grabbed her gun and shot her in the stomach, several locals are being hailed as heroes for their response.

The incident occurred in Winston on Friday when Jamey Aaron Griffin allegedly grabbed Trenton officer Jasmine Diab’s gun, shooting her and injuring his own hand.

Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Jake Angle said that the vehicle they were in “came to a rolling stop” near a convenience store when multiple witnesses realized something was wrong.

“Came over to her aid and subdued the suspect until law enforcement arrived,” he said, adding that one of them was legally carrying a firearm.

Angle added: “In this case, they chose to intervene and come to an officers aid and subdue the suspect and possibly keeping him from escaping or doing more harm. I am not advocating that people need to feel that they intervene in a situation this level, however, people chose to and in this situation it was critical.”

Griffin is facing additional criminal counts related to the shooting and Diab was last listed in stable condition.