Photo by Elaine Rackley
During a brief ceremony Thursday, Henry County Police Chief Keith Nichols presents commendations to John Goodson of McDonough and Jonathan Scott of Locust Grove (right) for their heroism. At left is Henry County Police Officer E. Honea, the officer that Scott and Goodson aided in his scuffle with two brothers.
While others watched from their cars on McDonough Parkway recently, two men left their vehicles to help a lone Henry County policeman who found himself in a struggle with two brothers he had detained in a traffic stop.
For their concern and selflessness, Jonathan Scott, of Locust Grove, and John Goodson, of McDonough, have been honored by the Henry County Police Department.
In a ceremony Thursday, Henry County Police Chief Keith Nichols presented Scott and Goodson with the “Chief’s Commendation Awards,” for what were deemed acts of heroism.
Scott and Goodson intervened when Henry County Police Sgt. E. Honea detained Isiah Yusuf Archible, and Hakim A. Archible, during the traffic stop.
“Things turned ugly very quickly,” said Nichols. “The next thing he knows he’s in a fight with two individuals and they were brothers. We are happy that it had a good outcome, thanks to these two gentlemen. Thankfully, these two good Samaritans helped, and all of our officers went home that night.”
The police chief told the small crowd on hand for the ceremony, a five-minute fight with a suspect can seem like hours.
“Nowadays, you don’t know who is on your side,” said Sgt. Honea. “I didn’t know if they had stopped to help me, or to help them.” The officer told the men he was grateful they were there, [and] on his side.
The incident took place March 11, when Honea stopped a 2008 Nissan Altima on McDonough Parkway. He said the driver of the car, Isiah Yusuf Archible, acted very nervous when he was asked to show his driver’s license. However, he said it was the passenger, Hakim A. Archible, began “mouthing off” at him.
“I felt the driver would be more cooperative,” said Honea. But soon the officer noticed Hakim Archible reaching under the seat.
“I felt unsafe,” said Honea. The officer said he overheard one of the brothers on the cell phone saying: “Y’all get up here and help us deal with this cop.” At that point, “I told him to put the phone away, and I told him three times to keep his hands out of his pocket and leave his cell phone alone,” said Honea.
Initially, Honea said he fought with both of the brothers, at the same time. Suddenly, Yusuf Archible ran, and he and Hakim Archible began fighting again.
“He got loose and took off running and I pursued both of them on foot,” said Honea. It was at that point, Hakim Archible turned around and ran toward the officer, and they began to struggle again.
“I observed the officer chasing a guy, then I saw them get into an altercation,” said Goodson.
“I saw the officer fighting with one of the guys when I pulled up,” said Scott. “I put my car in park and jumped out. I ran up and I saw the guy grabbing at the officer’s belt. I tackled him.”
Scott said there were seven to 10 cars on McDonough Parkway that had stopped to watch the fight.
“Traffic came to a halt on both sides of the roadway,” said Scott. “But nobody got out to help. ... If I had been in the same situation I would want someone to stop and help me.”
Another way the men helped officer Honea was by holding Isiah Yusuf Archible down on the ground, until the officer could handcuff him.
“I’m honored, I didn’t expect anything. To me, this was above and beyond what I expected,” said Scott of receiving the commendation.
“If I saw it happen again, I would do the same thing. I was brought up to do the right thing, that’s the way I was raised,” said Goodson. His wife, Leigh Ann Goodson, said she is extremely proud of her husband.
Scott, 34, works at K Line Logistics, of Atlanta, in International shipping imports. Scott said he was leaving church Sunday as he traveled down McDonough Parkway.
Goodson, 47, said he was leaving work in Hampton where he works as an air traffic controller when he, too, was traveling down McDonough Parkway.
Henry County Commission Chairman Elizabeth “B.J.” Mathis applauded the men for their willingness to help the officer.
“I’m thankful we have citizens like this in our county,” said Mathis, whose husband is a retired Atlanta policeman. “I am so thankful for them. I believe they represent the way most citizens feel in this county.”
Both of the brothers were subsequently taken into custody. Their mother was arrested, too.
Kwanda Monique Dials was arrested the same day, when she arrived at the Henry County Police Station to pick up the impounded car in which her sons were riding. There was an outstanding warrant for her arrest in Clayton County, according to police.