Man jumps off train to help California deputy shot in the face

SACRAMENTO, CA (KCRA) In a split second, a California man’s routine trip home turned into a frantic effort to save a stranger’s life.

After witnessing the shooting of Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Alex Ladwig, 38-year-old Herb Hollaway had the option of either hiding or helping.

Ladwig was shot in the face after a suspect took his gun from him during a fight . The suspect, 27-year-old Nicory Marquis Spann, then left the scene.

Hollaway, instead of running away, chose to get off the train and run toward the injured deputy. He steadied the deputy and then took off his shirt and helped Ladwig apply pressure to his face.

“I know the sound of gunfire. So when I heard the first pop, my ears perked up like, ‘Wait a minute, that sounds familiar’. About two seconds later, the second pop. That’s when I started looking out the window. I saw the officer holding his face and I started yelling at the train guard, ‘Open these doors!'” Holloway recalls.

Ladwig is now recovering at the hospital and is expected to survive. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s