TX cop pumping gas when someone comes up behind her; read what happens next

TX cop pumping gas when someone comes up behind her; read what happens next

The story line, which sounds ominously familiar, starts off like this: A uniformed police officer in Texas is pumping gas when someone approaches from behind.

But what came next for Houston police officer Tommi Jones-Kelley might provide a ray of hope at a time when police across the nation are anxiously peering back over their shoulders.

According to Mad World News, Jones-Kelley was refueling her patrol car Friday when became aware of someone standing behind her. When she turned around she saw that it was a teenager, whose name she would later learn was McKinley Zoellner. He asked her if he could stand watch while she pumped gas, prompting Jones-Kelley to become more apprehensive. “Why?” she asked.

She wasn’t prepared for Zoellner’s answer: “To make sure you stay safe!”

After she had finished pumping, Jones-Kelley followed Zoellner back to the car in which he had riding, and asked the woman driver if she was Zoellner’s mother. She responded that she was. Jones-Kelley told the mother that she had an amazing son.

Soon after, she posted this to her Facebook page:

Ok, so EARLY this morning I was pumping gas in my patrol car (reason I look like a Hot Mess!)…& add it was pouring…

Posted by Tommi Jones Kelley on Thursday, September 3, 2015

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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