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ROCHESTER, MN — Those in law enforcement have to be ready for anything at any moment. So when a deputy with links to a local track team found himself faced with a criminal on the run, he automatically reacted by running after him.
Now Deputy Eric Bishop of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office is being credited with stopping a man wanted for outstanding warrants, including things like restraining orders and stalking.
He also serves as the high jump coach for Mayo High School’s track and field team.
Monday morning just before 11:00 a.m. he used both of his job skills.
That was when a foot chase ensued near the North Broadway McDonald’s after authorities were after Jeremy Fabian for some outstanding warrants.
“The narcotics investigator was keeping pace, was attempting to unholster his Taser and was preparing to engage it after continuing to tell this person to stop and he says just as he was preparing to engage, he saw a flash, as he described it, come by him and intercept the individual that was fleeing,” said Sgt. Tom Claymon of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.
He said although the department has been working to make sure all of the deputies stay in shape, it is nice to have a little extra in situations like that.
“It’s a great tool; it’s a valuable tool that we have. Obviously people bring different talents and skill sets to the job and to the profession,” Claymon said.
He said there was great police work performed in this situation. Anytime they can avoid using a Taser or similar device, they prefer that.