Robert J. Ballentine helped to save James C. Armstrong from assault, Claymont, Delaware, October 30, 1997. Armstrong, 35, a police officer, was attempting to detain the 17-year-old male driver of the car that he had pursued into the lot of a convenience store. When the driver produced a .22-caliber revolver from his waistband, Armstrong grasped him, and a struggle ensued. At the nearby fuel pumps, Ballentine, 36, pastor, had been watching the incident unfold. When the scuffle broke out, he immediately ran toward Armstrong and the assailant, and as he approached, the gun fired, its round striking the pavement. Ballentine went to a point behind Armstrong and the assailant, grasped the gun, and removed it from the assailant’s hand. Armstrong took the assailant to the pavement, others arriving to help subdue him. Armstrong required medical treatment for minor injury.
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