Off-duty marshal honored for backing up a fellow law enforcement officer

Off-duty marshal honored for backing up a fellow law enforcement officer
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POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 6:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 6:19pm

What started as a routine traffic stop for Corporal Derek VanAsselberg quickly turned in to a shoot-out between suspect and officer. He maintains if it weren’t for the actions of off-duty Deputy Marshal Michael Brown the day would have ended in a very different way.

"I saw this deputy, obviously in the act of doing his job, and it seemed to be he was outnumbered," Deputy Marshal Mike Brown, said of the incident.

When off-duty Deputy Marshal Brown stopped to gas up his car at the Whiteville truck stop, he wasn't expecting to see St. Landry parish corporal Derek VanAsslberg being shot at by a man he had just pulled over for a routine traffic stop.

"This is one day, or the day that every officer fears," VanAsselberg explained.

But it was Brown’s help, and back-up that made subduing the shooter possible, saving the life of Corporal VanAsselberg and the dozens of people also at the gas station.

"A sigh of relief, like some sort of back-up was there. Another brother was there to help me go on," described VanAsselberg of the moment Dpt. Marshal Brown showed up.

Wednesday he was awarded by both agencies for going above and beyond the call of duty, he’s also being nominated for the National Medal of Valor. For those who've worked with brown for years his actions that day are exactly what they've come to expect from him.

"It doesn't surprise me, just knowing mike, that he would not have hesitated to do that, and would do it again if the need came," Jerry Denton, Denham Springs City Marshal, explained.

But Brown remains humble throughout the storm of praise, claiming it's all in the job description.

"It’s expected. I mean he would do it for any of our people in our department here, he would do it in another state. It’s a brotherhood."

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