By Al Goodman, CNN
An off-duty police officer went to a supermarket near Barcelona, Spain, to buy groceries and ended up tackling a suspected armed robber.
Catalan police, who patrol the Catalonia region around Barcelona in northeastern Spain, tweeted a video of Thursday’s incident and it has since been viewed more than 220,000 times.
The video, shot by outlet CCTV, shows the male officer holding the suspect from behind, forcing him to the ground, then pulling a knife out of his right hand.
The 47-year-old suspect is in jail on suspicion of armed robbery. He has a history of similar crimes, police said in a statement.
The off-duty officer has been with the police force, known as Mossos, for some time, the Catalan police press office told CNN, without specifying how long.
He had just walked into a supermarket in his neighborhood in the town of Mataró, northeast of Barcelona, around 4 p.m. local time when he noticed the suspect standing next to a store employee outside. looking nervous at the open cash drawer.
The officer asked the employee if everything was okay, but it was the suspect who responded, saying everything was fine, according to the statement and the police press office.
The officer took a few steps to stand directly behind the suspect and grabbed him. They struggled and fell to the ground. In the suspect’s left hand was cash, the statement said.
The off-duty officer, lying on top of the suspect, introduced himself to others in the store as a police officer, and police reinforcements quickly arrived. The store employee was not injured in the attempted robbery, which took place on Monday, the statement said.
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