Jeremy F. Tessler helped in an attempt to save an indeterminate number of persons from assault, Valley Center, California, April 12, 2003. Tessler, 31, was at work as a parking valet for a casino and was posted at one of the establishment’s entrances when an armed man approached on foot to gain entry to the building. The man was a fugitive wanted in connection with an armed robbery that day, and other crimes, and he had been pursued to the premises of the casino by police. An unarmed security officer physically engaged the man to keep him from entering the building, but the man made his way through the doors opening to the lobby, the security officer going to the floor. Tessler and another casino employee rushed the man and tackled him. The man produced a loaded gun and fired it, hitting Tessler in the leg. The security officer crawled to the assailant and further attempted to restrain him, but the assailant fired at him, striking him in the head at close range and killing him. The assailant then went toward the gaming area of the casino when police arrived and fired at him. He turned his gun on himself and inflicted a mortal wound. Tessler required hospital treatment for his injury.
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