Arizona: Man turns tables on thief, wrestles gun away

Phoenix, Arizona

From AZCentral of December 17, 2007

Man turns tables on thief, wrestles gun away

A man turned the tables on a gunman Saturday by wrestling a rifle from him, turning it around and firing.

Police said the pistol-grip shotgun either misfired or was empty, and the robber and an accomplice ran off.

The incident began about 5 p.m. Saturday on the side of the Ross clothing store building near Power Road and Southern Avenue. The victim was seated in his car when two men in their late teens or early 20s pulled their car alongside and parked. They approached the victim on foot, showed the gun and demanded money. The victim struggled with the man and was able to get the gun from him and fire it. The second thief helped get the gun back and they took some items from the vehicle before fleeing.

The robbers’ vehicle was described as a dirty white four-door sedan, possibly a Crown Victoria or a Mercury.

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