Ronald J. Gross rescued Kelly A. Capitani from assault, York, Pennsylvania, September 29, 2003. Ms. Capitani, 34, was walking along a city street when a man approached, accosted her, and forced her into an alley. Driving by, Gross, 31, attorney, witnessed the assault and heard Ms. Capitani scream for help. Gross stopped his car and exited, then confronted the assailant. With the assailant’s attention drawn to Gross, Ms. Capitani freed herself and found refuge in Gross’s car. The assailant approached Gross, producing a pellet gun that he had concealed in his attire. He pointed the gun at Gross, forced him to the pavement, and threatened to kill him. He then struck Gross across the jaw with the weapon and walked away. Gross and Ms. Capitani flagged down two passing sheriff’s deputies and reported the assault. The deputies pursued the assailant, and gunfire was exchanged, the assailant mortally wounded. Ms. Capitani and Gross sustained minor injuries, Gross seeking hospital treatment, but they fully recovered.
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