A sheriff's deputy who responded to reports of a theft in a Walmart parking lot Monday evening said he was prepared when the suspect attacked him, thanks to a good samaritan's warning.
Reports of the theft outside the unincorporated Happy Valley Walmart on Southeast 82nd Avenue came in around 6:45 p.m., the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said.
People in the parking lot reportedly confronted the suspect, 24-year-old Justin Godsy of Canby, who allegedly stole items out of a car. Deputies said a "disturbance was brewing" which resulted in Godsy being knocked to the ground.
A good samaritan told the first deputy to arrive on the scene that Godsy had boasted about "getting the police to shoot him" by attacking a deputy. Shortly after, the sheriff's office said Godsy jumped up and aggressively charged at the deputy.
Thanks to the good samaritan's warning, the deputy used his taser to stop Godsy from attacking him. Other officers arrived and helped take him into custody.
Medical personnel from Clackamas Fire and American Medical Response responded to the parking lot to evaluate Godsy. Deputies decided to place him on an officer's hold and sent him to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Investigators later learned Godsy's family reported him as being suicidal and potentially homicidal earlier in the day.
Godsy is expected to be charged with unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct and attempted assault on a public safety officer.
"We would like to thank the citizens who were looking out for one another and called to report the initial theft, as well as the citizen who quickly provided safety information to the deputy who arrived on scene," said CCSO Sgt. Paul Coleman. "It's cooperative actions like that which make this community a great place to live, and allows us to effectively serve the public."