RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KTLA) — Two good Samaritans were honored Thursday for possibly saving the life of a Riverside police officer who was shot and wounded during the search for Christopher Dorner.
Officer Andrew Tachias had been severely wounded by Dorner and might have bled out had it not been for taxi driver Karam Kaoud.
At a breakfast honoring Kaoud and fellow good Samaritan Jack Chilson, the two received a lengthy standing ovation.
“I can’t imagine anything more horrific for two ordinary citizens to see than this attack on a couple of police officers,” said Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz.
Dorner was in the middle of his murderous rampage Feb. 7 when he ambushed two Riverside police officers on Magnolia and Arlington Avenues.
Kaoud saw the whole thing, and just as Dorner fled, he jumped in to help.
“The police officer instructed me to push the radio for him, so he called for help,” Kaoud said.
He is credited with possibly saving the life of the 27-year-old Tachias.
Tachias’ partner, 34-year-old Michael Crain, died on scene.
Police say Chilson then stepped into action to try to prevent any further bloodshed.
“He turned his car around and went after the suspect, even after seeing this was a heavily armed, very dangerous man,” said Diaz.
“The best thing I could do was to follow him and tell police officers where he was at,” Chilson told KTLA.
Diaz said that because of what these men did, they are now like family.
-Christina Pascucci, KTLA News.