“He had both hands on the officer's gun trying to get it out of his holster,” Adamson said.
Sgt. Randy Harkness (left) and April Adamson
Adamson said she called 911 but had no time to wait for deputies to respond. She believed Foster was about to kill Harkness, she told Channel 2.
“As soon as the guy hit the officer I pushed the call button, reached into my glove box, grabbed the gun and came out,” Adamson said.
When Foster didn’t back off, Adamson said she fired a warning shot in the grass.
“As he took off toward Ga. 400, I fired two more shots at him,” Adamson said.
The woman told Channel 2 that her parents both worked as police officers and her instinct was to protect Harkness.
“If he hit this officer and did damage to him I knew he was going to do something to someone else so I couldn’t let that happen,” she said.
Adamson stayed with the deputy as authorities chased Foster, who allegedly tried to carjack three other people before he was arrested.
Other good Samaritans held Foster down until police arrived. He was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound.
Foster faces 14 charges including aggravated assault with intent to murder, attempted removal of a weapon from a public official and obstruction.
Adamson told Channel 2 she and Harkness are now lifelong friends.
“It’s kind of an emotional thing,” she said. “We all kind of bonded from this experience.”
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