“I put my brakes on, and I jump out," Phillips told KSL. "And by this time, the trooper is on his back and the guy is on top of him. The trooper saw me running over, and as soon as I got up to him, he says, ‘He’s going for my gun.' "
Phillips told the Deseret News that he spent 12 years in the Marines and 14 years in the Utah Army Guard — and that's why what he did next came naturally.
He put the man in a chokehold — and he says it was the "craziest thing" he's ever done.
“I did two tours in Iraq, and I never had to put a chokehold on anyone," he told the TV station. "... After he was handcuffed and they were putting him in the patrol car, as he walks by, he’s like ‘nice chokehold.'"
The Wyoming Highway Patrol posted on Facebook about the incident, which happened about 180 miles northeast of Salt Lake City. "With the help of the citizen, and the other trooper, the suspect was taken into custody," the department posted.
The fight began after the trooper pulled a vehicle over for speeding, according to the post. But during the traffic stop, the trooper "became suspicious of additional criminal activity."
The trooper detained the driver, but he then began to run away and into traffic, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Once the trooper caught up with the driver, the physical fight began, according to the highway patrol.
"The suspect attempted to disarm the trooper of his handgun," the post states.
That's when Phillips stopped to help, who was then followed by another trooper.
Both the first trooper and the suspect received minor injuries.
After an investigation, the state patrol found 74 pounds of marijuana and about 1 gram of cocaine in the driver's vehicle.
The suspect, 36-year-old Dustin Roberts, of McKinleyville, California, was arrested.
A small unmanned aerial vehicle built by service academy cadets is shown here flying above ground. This type of small UAV was used by cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, during a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-sponsored competition at Camp Roberts, California, April 23-25, 2017. During the competition, cadets and midshipmen controlled small UAVs in "swarm" formations to guard territory on the ground at Camp Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Drones have been used in conflicts across the globe and will play an even more important role in the future of warfare. But, the future of drones in combat will be different than what we have seen before.
The U.S. military can set itself apart from others by embracing autonomous drone warfare through swarming — attacking an enemy from multiple directions through dispersed and pulsing attacks. There is already work being done in this area: The U.S. military tested its own drone swarm in 2017, and the UK announced this week it would fund research into drone swarms that could potentially overwhelm enemy air defenses.
I propose we look to the amoeba, a single-celled organism, as a model for autonomous drones in swarm warfare. If we were to use the amoeba as this model, then we could mimic how the organism propels itself by changing the structure of its body with the purpose of swarming and destroying an enemy.
Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment "Dark Horse," 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are escorted by observer controllers from the U.S. Army Operational Test Command after completing field testing of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Sept. 24, 2018. (U.S. Army/Maj. Carson Petry)
The Army has awarded a $575 million contract to BAE Systems for the initial production of its replacement for the M113 armored personnel carriers the service has been rocking downrange since the Vietnam War.
President Donald Trump has formally outlined how his administration plans to stand up the Space Force as the sixth U.S. military service – if Congress approves.
On Tuesday, Trump signed a directive that calls for the Defense Department to submit a proposal to Congress that would make Space Force fall under Department of the Air Force, a senior administration official said.