Gary E. Richie helped to rescue occupants of a minivan from assault, Orlando, Florida, January 24, 2015. After being involved in a minor vehicular accident at night, one of the drivers exited her vehicle, a minivan, to confront the driver of the other vehicle, a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup leaned through his window and pointed a handgun at her. About then, a passenger in the minivan exited that vehicle, as did the passenger of the pickup, who was armed with a shotgun. Richie, 54, distribution manager, was walking with family members nearby and came upon the escalating confrontation. Seeing the pickup passenger’s shotgun, Richie charged him, grasped the weapon, and wrestled it from him. When that assailant attempted to regain possession of the gun, Richie’s son intervened, pinning the assailant against the truck as Richie backed away with the weapon. Meanwhile, the driver of the pickup was approaching the driver of the minivan. Richie’s son intervened there, separating them, and then resumed controlling the other assailant. Police responded shortly and secured the scene, arresting the assailants. Richie suffered scrapes, bruises, and a minor head injury, from which he fully recovered.
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