By Adam Duxter, WCCO:
Firefighters from Minneapolis Fire Station Eight say quick thinking and teamwork helped them take down an assault suspect who had followed a woman looking for safety late Thursday night.
Fire Captain Colm Black says shortly after 7:30 p.m., he was working to move vehicles inside the station and out of the cold when he noticed something was wrong.
“I walked into a scene – a car had come the wrong way down Blaisdell and pulled into our station. There was a woman to my left and a car to my right,” Black said. “The woman looked at me and said, ‘This man is following me, I’m scared.’ I could see fear in her eyes.”
Black says he told the man, later identified as 52-year-old Shawn Coates, to leave.
“As I was walking in, he accelerated his car and attempted to hit me,” Black said.
The truck Coates was driving slammed into the fire station’s open apparatus bay doors. That’s when other firefighters at the station joined in, using equipment from the area to smash the truck’s tires and puncture its hood.
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