In an awful case of ‘no good deed goes unpunished,’ a sergeant with the Richmond Police Department was attacked after helping a struggling man cross a busy street.
Richmond PD Sergeant Nelson was in his patrol vehicle when he saw several cars swerving to avoid a man who was stumbling in the middle of the road.
Sgt. Nelson drove to where he was and positioned his vehicle to shield the man from oncoming traffic and help get him to the sidewalk.
As he helped the man across the street he could tell he was drunk, but Sgt. Nelson continued to help.
He tried talking to the man and asked him where he lived. That’s when man became “belligerent and agitated,” and started punching Nelson in the face.
After a brief struggle, the suspect was arrested and later charged with assault.
Sergeant Nelson is reportedly recovering from his injuries which include a broken nose.
“This is yet another reminder of the dangers of our profession even as community guardians, attacks occur with no warnings and for no reason,” the Richmond police wrote in a Facebook post about the encounter.