NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A shocking scene unfolded on a subway train in Far Rockaway, Queens, this week, when a man whipped out a gun and forced another man to the ground – all to help a woman in trouble.

As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, CBS 2 News obtained exclusive video of the scene on the A Train Wednesday night.

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The man seeing holding the gun in the cellphone video was praised for bravery a day after the incident, ending the torment of a woman straphanger by stopping an attacker and making sure he stayed there on the floor of the train until police arrived.

Witnesses say they saw a man terrorize a woman, pursuing her from train car to train car during the ride from Rockaway Park to the Broad Channel station.

The woman told a witness that the man was “a stranger” and “chasing her.” The man threw a punch and she held up her arm to block it.

That was when the man described as a hero took action. He is a New York State Probation Officer, and he used his 9mm pistol to get the suspect on the ground.

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Afterward, NYPD officers were storming the train car. Regulations required them to get the off-duty officer to drop his gun, and they ordered him to put it down.

They then took the man the off-duty officer got onto the floor — identified as Jermaine Jordan, 33 — into custody.

Jordan’s last known address: a men’s shelter in Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. He was charged with assault and harassment.

Police said Jordan has more than two dozen prior arrests.

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