Samuel D. Gauss helped to rescue Amy L. Lindsay from assault, Painted Post, New York, March 14, 2008. With her estranged husband in pursuit, Lindsay, 35, drove onto the campus of the vocational school she was attending. When her vehicle overturned onto the lawn, her husband pulled her from it and started to beat her with the butt of an assault rifle. Gauss, 38, the school’s principal, was alerted to the incident, and he responded to the scene from a few hundred feet away with another school employee. Approaching the assailant, they shouted at him to stop the attack, but the assailant pointed the rifle at them and ordered them back. Gauss and the other employee retreated somewhat, and the assailant resumed beating Lindsay. They approached again, but again the assailant threatened them. When the assailant then turned to resume the attack on Lindsay, the other employee ran to him from behind and tackled him, the assailant retaining control of the rifle. A state police officer who had just arrived joined in the attempt to overpower the assailant, who started to rise from the ground. While the officer struggled with him, striking him with his gun, Gauss and the other employee stomped on the assailant’s hands and otherwise worked to disarm him. Gauss removed the rifle from the immediate scene, and the other employee helped the officer to subdue the assailant as other officers were arriving to arrest him. Lindsay required hospital treatment for her injuries.
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