BENSON — Locally based Arizona State Trooper Brandon Jacquez has been hailed a hero for his actions following a bull attack in Benson.
Trooper Jacquez had completed his shift for the day and was en route home to Benson when he received the report of a man being trampled and gored by a bull and responded to the area, states an Arizona Department of Public Safety news release.
Upon arrival, the trooper, led by neighbors and witnesses to the scene, encountered the victim on the ground injured and motionless. Jacquez and a neighbor were able to entice the bull away from the victim at which time Jacquez used lethal force on the attacking animal.
Trooper Jacquez told reporters that when he arrived at the scene, he found the older man getting trampled by about a 1,500 pound black bull that was very aggressive.
“Once I got out of my vehicle and we ran through a few gates to the pasture that it was in where the incident was occurring, he told me he tried to get him off of him and couldn’t do it,” said Trooper Jacquez. “I could see him physically using his head to basically pound the victim into the ground causing serious injury to the victim.”
DPS said Jacquez and neighbors rendered aid to the victim following the Jan. 3 incident until medics arrived and airlifted him to a hospital. Despite suffering life-threatening injuries, a neighbor says the victim is “amazingly tough and determined to recover.” She also credits Trooper Jacquez with helping prevent further injury to the victim, as well as her husband, who had initially tried to stop the attack himself.
“Trooper Jacquez put his life on the line to help both the victim and my husband,” she said. “If he had not been there…I fear the outcome might have been very different. In my mind he is a hero for being instrumental in preventing what could have been an unthinkable tragedy.”
Jacquez told reporters he checked in with neighbors and was told the victim had sustained “multiple broken ribs, a fractured shoulder, pelvis and hip.