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By Tim Stelloh

Deputy Brandon Wiggins was nervous.

He was in the middle of a traffic stop early Saturday morning — a truck had blown through a stop sign in Heard County, Ga., near the Alabama state line — when two SUVs pulled up to the scene.

To Wiggins, a 22-year-old rookie with one year as a deputy, it was a textbook bad situation intensified by the recent killings of police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas.

“You don’t know what their intentions are,” Wiggins told NBC News. “You don’t know if they have a gun in their hand. It’s just all around bad.”

As Wiggins got out of his car, he later wrote on Facebook, he saw an older man and a woman exiting the just-arrived SUVs. With his heart pounding, his hand on his gun and his eyes darting between the three people at the scene, Wiggins listened as the man who’d just arrived made an announcement.

“’That’s my son,’ Wiggins recalled him saying in the Facebook post. “He then proceeded telling me about his father being in the hospital and having a stroke.”

Then the man grabbed Wiggins’ hand and asked if he could pray for him.

“My heart sank and [as] he prayed for me and my brothers in blue, my eyes filled with tears,” Wiggins wrote. “I was at a loss for words.”

He added: “This man, with all he had going on, stopped to pray for me... Thank you sir for taking time out of your day to pray for us. God bless you and your family.”