Gary Dean Tomlinson helped to save an indeterminate number of persons from assault, Charlotte, North Carolina, September 27, 1992. A man armed with a gun entered a department store and approached its checkout counters, where his wife worked as a cashier. Having recognized the man from a previous altercation at the store, Tomlinson, 50, the store’s assistant manager, had directed that police be called, then he followed the man. Wanting to get him away from the customers and employees at the checkout, Tomlinson ran after him and tackled him from behind. They fell to the floor, the gun firing. A struggle for control of the gun ensued for several moments before other store employees arrived and helped to subdue the man. Tomlinson secured the man’s gun, and arriving police arrested him. Tomlinson required medical treatment for a bruised shoulder.
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