Boyd R. Stapley helped to rescue Catherine E. Summers from assault, Carson City, Nevada, December 11, 1997. Ms. Summers, 37, a deputy sheriff, was attempting to detain a disturbed man in the parking lot of a store when the man took her gun from its holster. Ms. Summers and the man then struggled for control of it. When an employee of the store joined in the struggle, the gun fired, the bullet striking the pavement. Stapley, 50, business operator, and another co-worker from the store ran to the scene and joined in the struggle against the assailant, who outweighed each of the rescuers. Stapley grasped the assailant about the neck to help subdue him while his co-worker pried the assailant’s fingers from the gun. The men helped take the assailant, who remained combative, to the pavement and held him there until additional officers arrived shortly and apprehended him.
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