Archie Jordy helped attempt to rescue Jaime Padron from assault, Austin, Texas, April 6, 2012. Padron, 40, a police officer, tackled a suspected shoplifter who was fleeing from a store. In a brief struggle, the suspect produced a semiautomatic handgun and shot Padron twice. Jordy, 42, assistant retail manager, and another employee of the store had been following Padron in his pursuit of the suspect, and they continued to him after the shots were fired. As the other employee placed a knee into the assailant’s side and pushed his shoulders and chest to the floor, Jordy grasped the assailant’s gun hand to disarm him. The gun discharged a third time, the bullet striking the store ceiling. Jordy then forced the assailant’s gun hand to the floor and, stepping on it, removed the weapon from his grasp and slid it away. He called for assistance over Padron’s radio and with the other employee continued to restrain the assailant until police arrived shortly and arrested him. Padron died of a gunshot wound to his neck.
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