Salvatore Latina attempted to rescue Michael Walter from assault, Port Jervis, New York, July 5, 2002. Walter, 43, was in the showroom of the automobile dealership where he worked when a man armed with a gun entered the building, approached him, and shot at him repeatedly at close range. As customers and other employees fled, Latina, 55, who had been seated nearby, walked toward the assailant and told him to stop shooting. The assailant moved closer to Walter and shot him again. Latina rushed the assailant, pinned him against a wall, and struggled with him for control of the gun. The weapon fired, striking and severely injuring Latina’s right index finger. Despite his wound, Latina took the gun from the assailant, wrestled him to the floor, and detained him there until police arrived. Latina required surgery and physical therapy on his finger but lost most of its mobility. Walter died at the scene of his injuries.
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