The arrival of police spurred a gun battle that left both Rahami and a Linden police officer shot and another officer injured by glass. The police officer’s bulletproof vest stopped a bullet that struck him in the torso.
Rahami was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. The two officers’ injuries were also non-life-threatening.
Bains told NJ.com that he hid in the deli, but watched the shootout unfold through a window. He said he witnessed Rahami shoot the officer before running down the street.
Rahami began shooting at cars after being boxed in by unmarked police vehicles, Bains said. The officers returned fire, injuring him and taking him into custody outside an auto body shop.
The suspect was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer for the shootout, NJ.com reported.
Rahami also faces federal charges stemming from the bombs he is accused of planting in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and Seaside Park in New Jersey. The bomb in Chelsea injured 29 people.
Bains told CNN that he does not consider himself a hero and that he was acting according to his Sikh faith.
"I did what I think every American would have done," Bains said. "My neighbor would have done the same thing. Any Jewish, Christian, Sikh, Muslim. Anybody would have done the same thing."