DPS Trooper Brandon Jacquez

When the trooper arrived at the location, he saw an older man being trampled and gored by a bull.

BENSON, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A DPS trooper is being hailed as a hero for saving a man from a bull attack in the southern Arizona town of Benson. On Friday, Jan. 3, Trooper Brandon Jacquez was driving home after his shift when he received a call about a bull attack that was underway in a nearby neighborhood.

When Jacquez arrived at the location, he saw an elderly man being trampled and gored by a bull. The man was on the ground, severely injured and not moving. Despite their best efforts, his neighbors had been unable to stop the enraged animal.

Working together, Jacquez and one of the neighbors quickly came up with a plan to draw the bull’s attention away from the man. When the bull, distracted, finally moved slightly away from the victim, the trooper was able to stop the bull using "lethal force," according to DPS.

Jacquez and the neighbors rendered aid to the victim until medics arrived and airlifted him to a hospital. Despite suffering critical injuries, a neighbor says the victim is “amazingly tough and determined to recover.” She also credits Trooper Jacquez with helping prevent further injury to the victim, as well as to her husband, who had initially tried to stop the attack himself.

“Trooper Jacquez put his life on the line to help both the victim and my husband,” the neighbor said. “If he had not been there, I fear the outcome might have been very different. In my mind he is a hero for being instrumental in preventing what could have been an unthinkable tragedy."

 

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