He was brought down by beans.
A man terrorizing a Florida food store with a hammer got knocked down after a cop threw cans of beans at his head. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office said it released footage of the bean brawl "due to popular demand."
Police received a call Thursday that Justin Tyler Stanford, 25, was threatening employees at Rainbow Food Store in Panama City with a gun, according to The Associated Press.
Three officers arrived on the scene and realized there was no gun, but Sanford was armed with a hammer. The officers "split up to be able to quickly place him into custody without having to shoot him," the sheriff's office said.
Authorities said Sanford started swinging his tool at one of the deputies. So Bay County Sheriff’s Deputy Jimmy Stanford (no relation to the suspect) found a weapon on the shelf.
He grabbed two cans of Bush’s extra brown sugar baked beans and threw them at Stanford to subdue him. It appears the cans hit him on the head.
"He saw me and then I saw the cans and it was almost like they were meant to be there," the deputy told WPLG in Miami.
Police said the beans distracted the suspect long enough that he could be taken into custody quickly and safely. The sheriff's department posted footage of the incident on Facebook under the title, “Roll that beautiful bean footage.”
The drama wasn’t contained to the grocery store. Stanford was taken to a local hospital for injuries from a car accident prior to the grocery attack, and he allegedly tried to steal a weapon from a deputy who was guarding him in the emergency room. He's now being guarded in jail.
Stanford has been charged with assault, assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest with violence.
[Photo: Bay County Sheriff’s Office]