Brett Michael Schott helped to rescue Marcus Young from assault, Ukiah, California, March 7, 2003. While securing a shoplifting suspect in his patrol car, which was parked in the lot of a department store, Young, 40, a police officer, was approached by the suspect’s male accomplice. The accomplice pulled a knife on Young, and the two men struggled for control of it. The assailant then produced a revolver and shot Young repeatedly at point-blank range, inflicting severe injury. Schott, 28, loss prevention associate at the store, was nearby in the parking lot and witnessed the shooting. He ran to the men, who had continued to struggle, and struck the assailant repeatedly, then wrested the gun from him and discarded it. The assailant stabbed Schott in the upper side of his chest, inflicting a severe wound, then gained access to the patrol car. Having sought refuge behind a parked vehicle nearby, the high school student who had accompanied Young to the scene as a volunteer police cadet radioed for assistance, then left his cover to approach Young. He removed Young’s pistol from its holster and handed it to him for his use in dispatching the assailant. Young and Schott were taken to the hospital, where they were detained for treatment of their wounds, both requiring surgery.
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