A 70-year-old Littlefield woman was honored with a lifesaving award from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office Monday for helping a deputy during an altercation with a suspect in April.
The award was presented to Sherry King by Sheriff Doug Schuster.
According to officials, on April 27, a struggle ensued as a suspect was being restrained. The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Darren Bruce Boone, was reportedly able to take the deputy's taser but was unable to deploy it.
Boone then tried to reach for the deputy's weapon. King tried to help the deputy but was assaulted and shoved away by the Boone.
Officials say King then fired a "warning shot" from her own weapon into a nearby sand dune, prompting Boone to flee the scene on foot.
He later turned himself in to deputies and was arrested without incident for aggravated assault on an officer and resisting arrest with physical force.
"The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office wants to express our gratitude to Sherry King for her quick thinking and courageous actions, which ultimately saved the life of a young deputy," the agency said in a news release.