RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — The 27-year-old Riverside officer who was shot multiple times in an alleged killing spree by Christopher Dorner last week was likely saved thanks to the heroics of a Good Samaritan.


Karam Kaoud was driving his taxi through the intersection of Magnolia and Arlington avenues in Riverside on Feb. 7 when he reportedly witnessed the ex-LAPD officer ambush officers Michael Crain, 34, and Andrew Tachias in their patrol car.

“The shooter came next to them. And he shot for one second. Moved little bit. And shot for the second time and he just left,” said Kaoud.

Kaoud told KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen he grabbed the radio in the officers’ unit and pressed the button for Tachias to call for help.

“He was looking after his partner even when he was in a death situation,” he said.

Tachias was rushed to the hospital, where he remains in stable condition.

Crain died at the scene. He was laid to rest Wednesday during a funeral attended by thousands.

“I’m really sorry for his family and for his kids and his wife. And I’m trying to see his family…and his wife to show them my support,” said Kaoud.


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