Patrick Dennis Coughlan rescued Sherry Gillespie from assault, Linden, Texas, May 11, 2003. Ms. Gillespie, 41, a police officer, was struggling with the man she was attempting to detain, in the parking lot of a supermarket. Coughlan, 53, musician, was about to enter the store when he saw the man pushing and shoving Ms. Gillespie. After telling one of the store’s cashiers to call police, Coughlan returned to the parking lot and started toward Ms. Gillespie, en route seeing that she and the assailant were fighting for control of her gun. Reaching them, Coughlan wrested the gun away, aimed it at the assailant, and ordered him to freeze. Ms. Gillespie took the assailant to the pavement and handcuffed him. She required hospital treatment for minor injury.
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