Police in Longview, Washington, got an unexpected assist from an 82-year-old man as they tried to chase down a 27-year-old suspected burglar.

Terry Miracle was

doing some gardening outside his house last week when all of a sudden he saw officers running down the street. He ran to his backyard and saw the suspect running straight at him, but looking back for the cops. In that moment, Miracle called upon the old tackling techniques he learned as a high school football player.

Hear him talk about his takedown, which gave police just enough time to catch up and arrest the man.